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And yes, the kilt just like whiskey originated in Ireland.
And traditionally from the days of the Gaels onwards Irish kilts were also plaid.
What a load of cobblers.

The kilt was a relatively late invention. Up until about 1500 the Gaels of Scotland and Ireland both wore a leine (a long, loose shirt, sometimes kilted and often dyed safron), and a brat (plaid blanket). After this time, in Scotland, the blanket began to be folded (kilted) and belted about the waist with the top half arranged about the upper body in various manners. However, this feileadh mhor, or great kilt, only lasted about 150 years. From about 1650 the top half was separated from the bottom half which had the folds stitched in, giving rise to the feileadh beg, or small kilt, which is the kilt recognised today.

The small kilt then migrated to Ireland, partly as a result of the influence of the British army, and partly as a result of the Celtic revival of the 19th century.

Surprisingly, Mel Gibson got it very, very wrong.
 

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Also another interesting fact is that tartans applying to individual clans is also a relatively new phenomena, apparently from as late as the 1700s.
Even later! I think the first 'clan tartans' approved by chiefs were the ones made by Wilsons and approved about 1840 (going by memory). Prior to that about five regionally standardised setts (now called district tartans) had been identified. The romantic image of Scotland has been the greatest piece of modern marketing the world has ever seen.
 
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