Buckskin is simply the finished result of tanned deerhide. Old Highlanders were known to wear tartan on formal occasions, but would wear plainer kilts for everyday use. George Buchanan, in his 1581 history of Scotland, describes Highland dress thusly:
“Their ancestors wore plaids of many colours…but the majority now in their dress prefer a dark brown, imitating nearly the leaves of the heather, that when lying upon the heath in the day, they may not be discovered by the appearance of their clothes.”
The lightweight, brown leather of buckskin would have made the ideal material for a kilt worn during outdoor work. It would have also been the ideal garment for illegal Highland whisky smugglers, who had a definite need to blend in to their surroundings and keep hidden.
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