A true Scotsman is said to never wear anything under his kilt. However, Brian Wilton of the Scottish Tartans Authority said today, "If you are out and about in a kilt then remember to show some decorum."
Wilton's comments carry some authority as the Scottish Tartans Authority is a registered Scottish Charity with the major objective of promoting a deeper knowledge of Scottish Tartans, their origins, manufacture, use, history and development.
"Going commando" is a custom dating back hundreds of years when clansmen warriors of the Highlands wore little but long kilts that wrapped around the shoulder. The Scottish military took up the idea, and Scots regiments still parade sans underwear to this day.
Reaction has been mixed. Former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard, of Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, said: "Kilts are from the past and so is the tradition of not wearing any underwear. I'm proud to be a true Scotsman. It's a tradition that should be left alone." Highlands and Islands Tory MSP Jamie McGrigor, who campaigned for the introduction of a Scottish Tartan Register, said, "I have normally worn underwear with my kilt. In the West Highlands, midges can mount alarming and unexpected attacks on so-called true Scotsmen."
Brian Wilton also suggested, "Really you shouldn't ask a Scotsman what he wears under his kilt. Imagine the offense you would cause if you were to ask the same of a woman."
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