Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets

Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets. In the First World War, a khaki Balmoral bonnet was introduced in 1915 for wear in the trenches by Scottish infantry serving on the Western Front. This came to be known as the 'bonnet, tam o' shanter', later abbreviated among military personnel to 'ToS'. Unlike the glengarry it replaced it shielded the eyes from the sun and rain alike. In addition it made less of a target across the trenches of no man's land.

During WW1 a larger brimmed version came into service following trials of a smaller crowned version. This large crowned pattern remained in use until the end of WW2. During the 1950's the crown size of the TOS was reduced. This was reduced further circa the year 1998-2000, as combat use required a bonnet that could easily be stowed in a pocket of modern battle dress.

Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets

The tam o'shanter is generally in khaki wool, while the officers  (and in some cases senior non-commissioned officers) balmoral is in finer quality doe-skin of a pale tan.

ToS is worn as undress and working headgear. The various battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland identify themselves by wearing distinctive coloured hackles on their bonnets. The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland wear a red hackle in their ToS, as do soldiers of The Black Watch of Canada.

Some regiments of the Canadian Army wear different coloured toories: The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada have traditionally worn dark green; The North Nova Scotia Highlanders wore red toories during the Second World War. Tthe Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders wore blue, but most regiments wear a khaki toorie. The tam o' shanter was also worn by various regiments of the Australian Army which have a Scottish connection. B (Scottish) Company 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment.

In addition to hackles the TOS was also worn with tartan flash to denote the various regiments.

At the House of Labhran we offer the finest classic quality wool Scottish Glengarries, Balmorals, Kilmarnock Bonnets, Lowland Bonnets, Atholl Bonnets, Tam O Shanters. All our bonnets are 100% made in Scotland - To see the full range of Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets please visit the shop hat page

Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets - Black Watch Lt Colonel James Cowan (Black Watch Commanding Officer wearing the Officers Pattern Balmoral - TOS
Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets
Khaki regimental TOS bonnet
Scottish Regimental TOS Bonnets

Highland Regiment Officers Balmoral TOS – Modern Issue

Modern Issue Highland Regiment Officers Balmoral TOS - As worn by the officers of the Highland regiments in heavy weight fine sandy-khaki doe skin wool reserved for regimental officers.
100% made in Scotland by the regimental officers bonnet tailor to the regimental pattern.

As worn by the officers of the Black Watch and other regiments.

Crown size depending on size approx. 10 1/2″ x 8″

Highland Regiment Officers Balmoral TOS
Modern Issue Highland Regiment Officers Balmoral TOS

Current Issue Scottish Khaki Regimental Issue TOS

Current Issue Scottish Khaki Regimental Issue TOS

As worn by the Scottish regiments in khaki wool with toorie. Clients can add tartan regimental flashes, or the regimental hackle as required.

Crown size depending on size approx. 10 1/2″ x 8″

100% made in Scotland since 1845.

Khaki regimental TOS bonnet
Modern Issue Highland Regimental TOS

Old Pattern Scottish Khaki Regimental Issue TOS

Scottish Khaki Regimental Old Pattern TOS

As worn by the Scottish regiments 1960’s – 1980’s with slightly larger crown than the modern issue version, in khaki wool with toorie.

Older pattern circa 1960’s – late 1990’s military pattern with slightly larger crown, than the modern issue version of the TOS.

Clients can add tartan regimental flashes, or the regimental hackle as required.

Approx 11″ x 8 1/2″ across the crown ( depending on hat size )

At the House of Labhran we offer the finest classic quality wool Scottish Glengarries, Balmorals, Kilmarnock Bonnets, Lowland Bonnets, Atholl Bonnets, Tam O Shanters. All our bonnets are 100% made in Scotland

Our glengarry hats and bonnets are as supplied to the Highland regiments and made in the finest wool, silk bands and silk ribbon tails. The hats are all hand finished by highly skilled and experienced craftspeople. Over the years we have worked on special orders for films, television and private clients. We have supplied WW1 pattern glengarries to re enactor groups, Hollywood films and a range of bespoke patterns for pipe bands and associations.

Scottish Khaki Regimental TOS - Old Pattern
Old Pattern Highland Regimental TOS

4 Responses

  1. Peter MacDonald
    | Reply

    The officers of some Reserve units wear a different colour TOS that is closer to the ORs’ colour but the quality is much finer.

    • House of Labhran
      | Reply

      Thank you for the addition on the Reserves version. In Canada some of the Reserves also wear a lighter grey tone version.

  2. Donald Fraser
    | Reply

    Hi do you have any ToS’s that would pass as ww2 BD Khaki Brown hope you have please let me know price etc.

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