Scottish School Cadets: Chronology

Figure 1.--This portrait is uidentified. It was almost certsainly taken in Scotland during Worlkdf War I. The boys look very young. They may be the youngest boys at a public school/academy. Or they could still be at their prep school. Prep schools could not participate in the Armny Cadet Force (ACF). There was nothing, however, to prevent the schools from organizing their own independent cadet group. Click on the image for a fuller discussion of the school.

We do not yet have a great deal of chronological information about school cadet uniforms. We have, however, begun to collect some information. We do not yet know anything about the 19th century. The cadet uniform on the previous page worn in Scotland in 1917 was quite similar to that being worn in the 1960s. The Barmoral tam is still quite common. Here we see boys at another school, we think during World war I (figure 1). These boiys are wearing glengaries. We note boys wearing plain kilts as well as tartan kilts. The Scottish brigades began wearing plain kilts during World War I. Presumably some of the cadets groups did the same. There appears to have been differences from school to school. We see boys at some schools wearing Glengarys. We also notice plain kilts rather than plaids. The jacket is the main difference, The 1917 jacket buttoned at the collar, The 1960s jacket had a "V" fromt and was worn with a tie. The color looks quite similar. The kilt and spats are similar although the knee socks were different. The kilt in the 1960s appears to be a dress uniform item, I'm not sure if this was the case in 1917.


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