Robert Mackie Finest Scottish Bonnets
Robert Mackie Finest Scottish Bonnets - Robert Mackie of Scotland are very proud of their heritage and rightly so. Robert Mackie bonnets trace their origins to the early ceremonial headwear of Scottish regiments. With a reputation for exacting standards, we’re the only authentic Scottish manufacturer of Glengarries and Balmorals in the world.
At The House of Labhran we have supplied a wide range of patterns all hand crafted by Robert Mackie Scotland. Today we supply leading pipe bands, sporting gentlemen, solo pipers and Scottish Clan organisations around the world.
The ‘Made in Scotland’ label stands for quality and craftsmanship. Made from pure wool, every hat is hand-sewn to measure in the heart of Ayrshire. The bonnet making techniques have been passed down in Stewarton through generations; it takes years to become fully qualified in the craft. Finished with tied ribbons or ribbon tals and a silk style cockade.
The Balmoral bonnets, Glengarries, Kilmarnock bonnets and Tam O Shanter bonnets maintain their appearance and, if dry-cleaned or hand-washed carefully, will last a lifetime.
To see our full range of Scottish made Balmoral, Kilmarnock, Tam O Shanter, Atholl bonnets and glengarries please visit the hat page by following the link.
A short history of the Scottish bonnet - The blue bonnet was a type of soft woollen hat that for several hundred years was the customary working wear of Scottish labourers and farmers. Although a particularly broad and flat form was associated with the Scottish Lowlands, where it was sometimes called the "scone cap", the bonnet was also worn in parts of northern England and became widely adopted in the Highlands.
In later years it came to be associated with Highland dress, and in the 19th century gave rise to other types of largely military headgear such as the more elaborate Balmoral bonnet, the tam o' shanter, glengarry, Kilmarnock and (with the addition of a wire cage) the military feather bonnet.