John Wood wrote:
> I am grateful to John Briggs for pointing out my sloppiness. I can
> only plead late-night exhaustion after what had been a long day. Of
> course, 'William IV' should have been 'George IV'. Sir Walter Scott
> was a Romantic who managed to see the political potential of dressing
> the king in a kilt. I think it was still actually illegal to wear one
> - the highlanders must have been mystified!
No, the ban had been lifted in 1782. It is not totally clear that the ban
applied to the modern kilt - believed to have been invented by Thomas
Rawlinson, an English Quaker industrialist, in the early 18th century.