Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Highland Plaid

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE HIGHLAND PLAID (Tartan Plaidie) (S8x32) 2C (4C set) William Campbell RSCDS Book 7

1- 8 1s+2s cross RH and cross back RH
9-16 1s+2s dance RH across and LH across back to places
17-24 1s lead down the middle and back to top
25-32 1s+2s dance Allemande

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

Dance Information

The Plaidie or feile-mhor is basically a large blanket-like piece of fabric which is wrapped around one's body with the material pleated or, more accurately, loosely gathered and secured at the waist usually by means of a belt. Typically, a portion of the belted plaid hangs down to about the knees with the rest of the material being wrapped up around one's upper body in a variety of ways and pinned or otherwise secured to keep it in place.

The belted plaid was a standard item of men's Highland dress from the late 16th century until the middle of the 18th century. It was also the precursor of the modern tailored kilt.


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Text from this original Belted Plaid article on Wikipedia.
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