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From: "David L. White" <>
Subject: Re: Wearing tartan
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 12:50:47 -0600

What Dick alluded to but didn't state is that the wearing of three feathers
on the bonnet signifies the Chief of the Clan. Only the chief of the clan
should be wearing three feathers. You can do it, but it is not advisable.
It would be like putting on three silver stars and pretending to be a
General. Most would recognize you as an imposter.
-----Original Message-----
From: Richard P. Hudson <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, February 04, 1999 12:24
Subject: Re: Wearing tartan

>I have heard it said that one may choose to follow a chief without the
>ancestral heritage. That, however, does seem a bit silly to me. Also,
>the idea of "following a chief" is a bit far fetched in this day and
>age. One might readily ask a Sutherland clansman if he wishes to follow
>his chief back to the water's edge from which his kinfolk were evicted.
>In truth, it's all in fun now. This is particularly the case here in
>the US.
>I will add one revolting display to the ones that Verne has mentioned.
>Nearly anyone who has attended Gatherings in the US has seen some rara
>avis strutting about, wearing kilt and all, and with a crest badge on
>his bonnet behind which he' stuck three huge feathers. I've bit my
>tongue to keep from asking why "a Chief of his stature was wearing a
>crest badge instead of a circlet?" I've thought better of it because
>they always seem to be alone and have a strange look in their eye.
>Dick Hudson

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