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Saturday, March 26, 2005

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Act of Proscription 1747

It seems that the Praelectors of CAMBRIDGE University are unaware that the Act of Proscription 1747 (An act for the more effectual disarming the highlands in Scotland; and for the more effectual securing the peace of the said highlands; and for restraining the use of the highland dress;) was abolished in 1782.

As reported in The Scotsman The authorities at the ancient institution, which prides itself on its multi-culturalism, have outlawed Scottish dress as part of a clampdown on students wearing "national costumes" when they receive their degrees.

The Proscription Act was repealed by the Government obtaining the King's assention on 1st July 1782. In the North there was great rejoicing. A proclamation was issued in Gaelic and English which announced as follows:

Listen Men. This is bringing before all the Sons of the Gael, the King and Parliament of Britain have forever abolished the act against the Highland Dress; which came down to the Clans from the beginning of the world to the year 1746. This must bring great joy to every Highland Heart. You are no longer bound down to the unmanly dress of the Lowlander. This is declaring to every Man, young and old, simple and gentle, that they may after this put on and wear the Truis, the Little Kilt, the Coat, and the Striped Hose, as also the Belted Plaid, without fear of the Law of the Realm or the spite of the enemies.

I wonder where the Scottish Raj stand on this issue?

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