Ghillie shirt

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Man in kilt and Ghillie shirt.

A Ghillie shirt, also known as Jacobean or Jacobite, is an informal traditional shirt usually worn with a kilt. The term Ghillie refers to the criss-crossed lacing style made of leather as also seen on the Ghillie Brogue. Ghillie shirts are considered to be more casual than their shirt and waist-coat counterpart that is normally seen with the kilt. The Ghillie shirt existed before the kilt[citation needed], with there being no documentation for kilts until 1575,

Ghillie shirts are traditionally used for dances or ceilidhs as they are light and spacious to allow for air to pass through. They do not need to be worn with any sort of tie. The Irish version of the Ghillie shirt is the Grandfather shirt.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "New Scotland Country Dance Society". Archived from the original on March 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  2. ^ "Scotland Guide - Traditions and Culture - Kilts and their history". 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  3. ^ "Men's Ghillie Shirt". MacGregor and MacDuff. Retrieved 2010-05-21.