*** Scottish boys clothes: families

Scottish Boys' Clothes: Families

Scottish families
Figure 1.--This unidentified family portrait was taken in 1904. It was taken by C. Sweet and published by the Glasgow Photo-Engraving Company. We thus assume the compny was located in Scotland, but we are not sure. The family has a bit of an American look to us.

We have just begun to build a page on Scottish families. We do not yet have much information as our Scottish archiuve is still fairly limited. These family sections are helpful because they not only illustrate boys clothing, but the clothing worn by other members of the family, girls and adults. They arewinderful time capsules documenting period fashions. fashion And since various members of the family are in these portraits, they are time capsules showing what types of clothing was worn at any given time. The family also provide valuable documentation and insights into social abd cukltural trendstrends.


The most illustrious Scottish families were the clans. A Scottish clan comes from the Gaelic clann meaning 'children' and not unrelted 'stock'. It is a kinship group which was a form of organization in many socities at the time and not unknown today. It is similar to the conceptbof tribe, although tribes often include the members of many families or clans. Scottis clans differ from tribes in that they were not compsed of people from a destincr ethnic group. At the time of the Roman invasion, the north of Britain was dominated by the Picts. Little is known of the Picts, but they were not a Celtic people. The Romans conquered the Celts (1st century AD). Some Celts escaping Roman rule fled north. Irish tribes also moved into northern Britain. And finally with the Anglo-Saxon invasion, Celtic and som Romanized Britobs fled north. The Scottish clans thus had different ethnic composition ad Scitland today is an amagen of these different peoples in addition to English incursion into the Low Lands. Scottish history until modern times was essentilly the story of the clans an their relationship to the English invaders. Clans gave the members a sense of shared identity and descent to members. Modern clans have an official structure recognised by the Court of the Lord Lyon, which regulates Scottish heraldry and coats of arms. We do not have much information on the individul clans. We do have some information on Clan Brodie.


Our Scottish archive is limited, but wehavec cquired some material over time. We do not have much in the way of imagery depicting Scottish families, but we have archived a few images.

The 19th Century

We have only a small Scottish archive. Our views of Scottish families during the 19th centyry is thus very limited. Photography was invented in France (1839). It quickly spread to America, but developed in Europe more slowly. We thus have very few Scottish mid-19th century images. We have managed to find a few family portraits from the late-19th century. Most 19th century photograhs were formal studio portraits. This also means they are of successful, often affluent families. So family portraits are fairly rare to begin with in the photographic record. We note many boys wear kilts and associated outfits. We believethis was much less common for working class boys, except perhaps in the Higlands and Islands. Here we need much more information to adquately assess fshion trends. We do hope to expand this section as the inclusion of siblings along with parents provides a wealth of fashion information.

The 20th Century

Our archive of Scottish family images is still vry limited. For some reason we only have found images of Sottish families for the early-20th century and most seem to be well-established families. We are not bure just why this is. Most of the boys are wearing suits. Several of the boys in these families, but not all, are wearing various kill outfits. We believe that this would have been less common among working-class families. Some of the kilt and other suits may be school uniforms, but this is difficult to tell. We also see knicker, short pants, anf lon pants outfits as well as kilts. Some of the pages include school images. Some well-to-do Scottish families seem to have chosen families in England. One nobel family chose Eton for the boys.


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Created: 6:52 PM 6/6/2006
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