Tartan & The Kilt Were Banned!

by Niamh Wood

Proscription Act

The proscription act included the banning of highland clothes and weapons across Scotland.

Following the Jacobite defeat at Culloden, Prince Charles fled to South Uist, an island on the Outer Hebrides, and then eventually left the country for France. His supporters that remained in Scotland suffered terrible repercussions from the duke of Cumberland. To further punish Scotland, parliament issued imperious acts to destroy the clans, their identities, and economic structures. The new laws abolished heritable jurisdictions, claimed estates for the crown, banned the wearing of tartan and highland dress for all except those employed in his majesty's forces, and restricted the possession of weapons.

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