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Clan pins as brooch?
By marginalia Comments: 16, member since Tue Apr 11, 2017
On Sun Apr 16, 2017 09:09 PM

I'm an adult beginner that started fairly recently, but I feel like I'm picking it up quickly! I really enjoy the dance, and I love tapping into a large part of my heritage. There's something wonderful about how regal and proud the dances are-- I love the history and tradition.

I'm thinking about starting to compete in the fall, and I'd like to honor my Scottish heritage in some way. I know that in the national dances, you're supposed to wear a brooch to attach the plaid. Instead of paying to have a plaid made out of my clan tartan (though I do plan to do that in the future!) I was hoping I could wear a kilt pin as my "brooch."

Does anyone have any experience with wearing a clan pin as a brooch, and would it be accepted under the SOBHD rules?

Thanks for your insight!

10 Replies to Clan pins as brooch?

re: Clan pins as brooch?
By keltsmama Comments: 16, member since Fri Jun 24, 2016
On Mon Apr 17, 2017 09:44 AM
There are clan pins that are circular and brooch style, rather than a "kilt pin" that you can wear on your shawl. My daughter wears our family crest as her aboyne pin.
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By Panda_Bear Comments: 410, member since Tue Feb 02, 2010
On Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:04 AM
I'm an adult dancer who wears a circular clan pin on their shawl. I have seen several other dancers in my area wear them as well. I dance in premier and there are a couple others I can think of that wear the clan broach. The clan broaches seemed more common when I was prepremier.
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By Bril Comments: 152, member since Thu Mar 07, 2013
On Mon Apr 17, 2017 03:43 PM
When I'm not chronically broken I dance in premier and also have a round clan broach. It's all metal, no fancy stones or shiny stuff and no one has ever commented on it one way or another.

I would be more concerned about a sword/kilt pin stabbing me by accident than anything else though!
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By marginalia Comments: 16, member since Tue Apr 11, 2017
On Wed Apr 19, 2017 08:08 AM
Thanks all! Yes, I mean a round clan pin that's all metal. Here's an example:

www.etsy.com . . .

Is there any other sort of clan pin out there? Thanks so much!
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By Bril Comments: 152, member since Thu Mar 07, 2013
On Wed Apr 19, 2017 06:25 PM
That's pretty much the same as mine but mine is shiny because I'm half magpie at heart.
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By marginalia Comments: 16, member since Tue Apr 11, 2017
On Wed Apr 19, 2017 08:28 PM
I wish there was a "like" button on these forums : ) I appreciate your avian identity.
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By Bril Comments: 152, member since Thu Mar 07, 2013
On Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:24 AM
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I think there's instructions on how somewhere but I don't know where to find things after the site revamp!
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By Skyesbridge Comments: 320, member since Sun Feb 01, 2009
On Wed Apr 26, 2017 09:18 PM
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re: Clan pins as brooch?
By Katja144member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3223, member since Sat Jul 30, 2005
On Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:48 AM
The dress code just says the plaid should be fastened with "a Scottish brooch," so my guess is that a kilt pin might be okay? I know here, at least historically, we might be inclined to be nitpicky about the exact definition of "brooch"-- like, will any pin do, or does it have to be something definitely sold as a ladies' brooch, etc.-- but I've always felt the exacting debate is a bit too picky and I'm not sure any judge is going to care that much (especially since I'm not sure how visible said brooches are from the platform).
re: Clan pins as brooch?
By rosalinde Comments: 1973, member since Fri Jun 19, 2009
On Sun Jul 09, 2017 02:05 AM
My first Aboyne was Dress Stewart (because that's a real tartan one can just find at any fabric shop at a good price), and I wore the Stewart clan crest badge, which my parents bought at a local Games(again, because it was a cheap option). It worked fine.

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