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Scottish Hats are a type of headwear that is typically worn in Scotland. Scottish Caps (an other name of Scottish Hat) are often made from wool or another type of warm material, and many feature a tartan pattern. Scottish Hat can be worn for both casual and formal occasions, and are often seen as a symbol of Scottish culture and heritage. The Scottish Cap are a traditional Scottish Headgear that dates back to the 16th century. The Scottish Cap is often worn with a kilt or other traditional Scottish clothing. 

The Scottish Hat is a popular choice of headgear for many Scottish people, as it is both stylish and practical. The wool material helps to keep the head warm in colder weather, and the short peak protects the eyes from the sun. The Scottish Cap is also often seen worn by members of the Scottish military, as it is considered to be a very patriotic piece of clothing. 

Whether you are Scottish or not, the Scottish Hat is a great choice of hat for any occasion. It is sure to keep you warm and add a touch of Scottish style to your outfit!

Types of Scottish Hats 

Traditional Scottish Headwear are typically made of wool, and maybe adorned with clan tartans, feathers and checked bands. Being aware of the three main Types of Scottish Hats can help you decide how to choose one of your own.

  • Glengarry Bonnet
  • Balmoral Bonnet
  • Tam O'Shanter

Glengarry Bonnet

The Glengarry bonnet (scots cap) was worn at least as early as 1812. Scots Cap consists of a close-fitting, boat-shaped cap with a creased peak. The Glengarry bonnet might be decorated with a checked band, and a pom-pom, called a toorie, might be sewn on top. The cap is also sewn with ribbons hanging down the back. This cap could be folded flat and stuck into a pocket or waistband for easy transport.

Balmoral Bonnet

In its first incarnation, the Balmoral bonnet was a soft, knitted hat with a close-fitting band and a loose, flat crown. Over time, it became more structured, and today's Balmoral bonnet is made out of fairly stiff wool and the short crown falls to the right when it is being worn. Like the Glengarry bonnet, it may feature a checked or plain band, and there may also be a toorie sewn to the middle of the crown. Unlike the Glengarry bonnet where the ribbons are left loose and trailing, the ribbons of the Balmoral bonnet may be left loose or tied in a bow.

Tam O'Shanter

The Tam O'Shanter (tam hats), also simply called a tam, received its name from a poem by Robert Burns. In structure, it is similar to the Balmoral bonnet, but where the Balomoral bonnet has a very short crown, the crown of the tam is larger and looser. Unlike the Glengarry bonnet and the Balmoral bonnet, which were worn by officers, tams were commonly worn by soldiers.