We do a large range of hats for bands and the military. The Glengarry hat has long been a traditional hat for pipe bands and it's history goes away back to around 1794 and was supposed to have been worn by McDonnell who lived in the Glen . The true origin is clouded by time and i but it seems that it first started around this time and developed to the hat it is today. It is thought that the military version was not until much later around 1840 or so. It was reported have been used by the piper of the 79th foot. See our range of Tam o shanters and band hats.
The Glengarry hats were usually worn angled down with the right side of the hat low, nearly at the ear and the cap badge high on the head. Since the end of 1945 this hat has been worn level on head. Comes in different dice colours. Usually red/black/white. In the past there was different colours of check and toories with different regiment having their own design. Now in the 21st Century the cap is either with a dice of white /black / red with the Balaclava company with red /white dice. It was the mid 1850's that the hat became popular with Scottish Soldiers. The plain bonnet seems to have been the order of day and worn with a feather. By the time the first world war broke out Scottish battalions wore the dark version of the hat.
The Glengarry hat is a traditional cap made with thick wool material with a red tassel on the top, with a rosette on the side and 2 ribbons trailing at the back. It is usually used by pipe bands, the Army and Tartan Army football supporters. It can be informal or formal and can be used as a substitute for the Balmoral hat or the Tam o' Shanter. We are one of a few shops in Glasgow that stock the Glengarry Hat .The cap was introduced a round 1795 by McDonnell who may not or have invented the Hat. See our Tam o shanter hats