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Today’s tailored kilt descended from the “great plaid” worn by Scotland’s highland poor as far back as the 16th century. The word plaid in that case referred not to the pattern but to a length of fabric, belted and wrapped around the body. During the late 1720s, it was actually an Englishman whose love of Scotland inspired his creation of the modern “small kilt.” This uncertain history forgotten, Clevelanders wear kilts in celebration of a continued connection to Scotland. In 1941, Colina Anderson wore her kilt when she was the country’s award-winning “tiniest dancer,” and WCLV co-founder Cecil Patrick wore his highland costume while playing the bagpipes at Ohio’s 1990 Scottish games.
Highland Outfitters, Hugh McPherson Ltd. Worn in Cleveland by Cecil Patrick. Gift of Mrs. Nancy Patrick, 2002.1.1. Featured in "Mad for Plaid" Exhibit.