Scottish Bonnets have a long and interesting history. The modern day Balmoral bonnet dates back to at least the 16th century. Originally it was the ‘Blue Bonnet’, worn by Scottish Highland Regiments. A soft wool knitted cap with a expansive flat crown in blue. These Scottish bonnets were sometimes seen with a diced band and a colored toorie in the middle of the crown. Today the crown is smaller made with a finer cloth usually of blue, black, or lovat green. Tapes in the back of the Balmoral are either tied or left dangling. A regimental or clan badge can be worn on the left side attached to a cockade. The bonnet is usually cocked to the right to display your badge. The Glengarry bonnets begin later in 1794 when they were made part of the uniform of the Glengarry Fencibles. These Scottish bonnets also began as an expansive blue bonnet which over time became a stiffened flat cylinder bonnet to the folded version we see today. It is also seen with or without dicing.
During WWII it was worn by the Scottish forces, usually at a bold angle, with the right side of the bonnet worn low and the side with the badge worn higher on the head.
In current times both the Glengarry and the Balmoral Scottish bonnets can be worn by civilians and is considered appropriate for Highland day or evening wear. At Scotland by the Yard the heritage of the Scottish Bonnet lives on with our high quality Balmorals and Glengarries made in the traditional method in Scotland. Top off your Highland wear with a traditional Scottish bonnet.