Labhran Highland Wear Style Blog

William Duff - Ghillie, Gardener, Fiddler, Flyfisher, Violin Maker and Atholl Man

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Willie Duff Born 1810 - Died 1892 Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland.

Willie Duff was a notable ghillie, gardener and estate worker at the Blair Atholl Estate and amateur maker of violins, known locally as ‘Bearded Willie’.

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Willie Duff with his walking stick? Or maybe his wading stick.

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Willie fly fishing with his grandson

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Atholl Man sporran

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19th C Atholl Highlanders sporran

Willie Duff Violin Maker

They said of his violins. He was large man whose work is very coarse. Stainer model, usually painted purfling, made in primitive style with ‘through’ neck, rather than a separate interior top block. Yellow spirit varnish. He also made and rehaired bows using hair from horses in the Estate’s stables.

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Violin label - Made by Wm. Duff / Pulney Cottage / Dunkeld 1860

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Willie Duff's portrait from the series of paintings The Highlanders of Scotland by Kenneth Macleay

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Atholl Highlanders and Blair Castle

Classic Crimean Period Style Bow Red Kilt Garter Flashes

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Crimean Period Style Bow Red Kilt Garter Flashes.

Over the years we have done various projects for film and television to recreate period pattern kilt garter flashes. We have now decided to add these to our classic range of Highland wear kilt garters for that extra style and period flourish.

Our period style classic wool worsted garter are hand made to order here in Scotland to classic patterns with a modern update. Supplied with an elastic easy kilt garter for easy wear but based on period self tied version as worn by Pipe Major John Macdonald whilst serving in the Crimean War in 1854. 100% hand stitched and hand made for that correct period look required by reenactors and traditionilsts.

Hand crafted by The House of Labhran in Scotland

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Crimean 1860 Period Style Kilt Hose Bow Garter Flashes

We hand craft wonderful period pattern kilt garter ties and kilt flashes for private Highland wear clients, film and television productions. Based on historical patterns we have developed classic Victorian style garter ties worn on modern elastic garters. In addition we offer full self tie kilt hose garters for those clients looking for that period vintage style. We currently offer a wide range classic patterns including Argyle garters, Atholl Highlanders, Gordon Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders patterns.

We have now added the classic Gordon Highlanders regimental bellied flash into the range. Hand made in a classic red wool worsted tape and mounted on an adjustable elasticated kilt garter.  

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Gordon Highlanders Bellied Kilt Garter Flashes


Classic Edinburgh sterling silver thistle kilt buckle - Ultimate in kilt style


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Looking for a special item to complete your kilt. Then maybe it has to be a classic sterling silver kilt buckle – waist belt plate. Hand crafted in fine Scottish Edinburgh hallmarked by the royal silversmith Hamilton & Inches.

We have offer a fine range of  gentleman’s Highland jewellery to complete your outfit.  We offer you a wonderful range of sterling silver kilt belt buckles, celtic silver buttons, whisky quaichs and cufflinks from the classic to the contemporary, all hand crafted in fine hallmarked sterling silver.

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Classic sterling silver thistle kilt buckle.

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Classic sterling silver thistle kilt buckle suite.

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Hammered beaded sterling silver kilt belt buckle.

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Engraved thistle silver kilt belt plate


Made in Scotland from the workshops of Hamilton & Inch Edinburgh and the Highland regimental silversmith. For full details of the complete kilt belt plate buckle range visit the kilt belt buckle page

And just for that extra flair we have a wonderful range of H&I sterling silver kilt pins that compliment your belt buckle.

Scottish Highlanders silver officers kilt pin. Classic sterling silver thistle kilt buckle - Ultimate in kilt style

Highlanders Edinburgh hallmarked sterling silver kilt pin.

Labhran Period Style Kilt Garter Flashes

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Atholl Highlanders kilt garter rosettes

We have developed a range of period style rosette garter flashes for client. Including the Atholl Highlanders pattern and the Argyle pattern. To make them easier to wear we have designed them to be worn with the modern adjustable elastic garter, but can also offer the self tie version on request.

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The Duke of Argyle with self tie rosette kilt garter flashes

Looking to the past for inspiration but not living it.

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Argyle Period Style Kilt Hose Rosette Garter Flashes

Period style classic red wool worsted garter Easy hose garter flashes to coordinate with your socks. Supplied with an elastic easy kilt garter for easy wear but based on period self tied version.

Hand crafted by The House of Labhran in Scotland

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Atholl Highlanders - Ranks pattern rosette garter kilt flashes


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Atholl Highlanders Officers Period Style Kilt Hose Garter Flashes


Period style classic red worsted garter Easy hose garter flashes to coordinate with your socks. Supplied with an elastic easy kilt garter. If you require a full self tie period version please contact us.

We also offer the rosette style garters in various other colours including, dark green navy blue and black.

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Dark Green Argyle kilt rosette garter ties

Hand crafted by The House of Labhran in Scotland - Made to order.

Vintage 1959 Highlanders sterling silver celtic sgian dubh

We love our vintage and antique silver sgian dubhs and spend a great deal of time on the hunt for vintage treasure. 

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Vintage 1959 Sterling Silver Sgian Dubh

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Vintage sterling silver sgian dubh with ribbon handle. Hallmarked Thomas Kerr Ebbutt Edinburgh 1959 Leather covered and celtic engraved silver mounted scabbard. In good used vintage condition.

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Hallmark Thomas Kerr Ebbutt Edinburgh 1959

Our range of new fine hallmarked sterling silver skean dubh’s and dirks made by the Regimental silversmith and Royal silversmiths Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh and our regimental silversmith in Scotland.  We can engrave many of these skean dubhs for presentation gifts.  Many of these skean dubhs complement the silver buckles, kilt pins and Scottish silver buttons we have available from our highland jewelry page.

Antique – Vintage Sgian Dubh’s & Highland Dirks

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We have a passion for fine antique and collectible sgian dubh’s and Highland dirks. We source antique Jacobite styles of the 18th century, high Victorian styles and regimental patterns of WW1 – WW2. Our sgian dubh and dirk range make wonderful addition to any Highland dress collection. In addition to the antique range we also make wonderul new silver sgian dubh for clients, these will become truely desirable antiques of the future.

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Vintage period pattern silver Scottish kilt jacket buttons

We work with our silversmith to recreate period style buttons for our clients in sterling silver. We currently are looking to expand the selection with further Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian patterns. All the buttons are based on original buttons, bringing you that wonderful period style and look.

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1870’s Celtic Society kilt jacket silver button

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1830’s - 40’s Sword and targe - kilt jacket silver button

Wonderful diamond dirk, large, sword and thistle silver kilt doublet button. Similar to a pattern worn by the original Lonach Highlanders.

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Jacobite oak and oak leaf sterling silver kilt buttons

Sterling silver Jacobite oak kilt buttons. The acorn and oak leaf where Jacobite symbols from the time when Charles II hid in an oak tree to escape the Roundheads during the civil war. 
Made to order by the Regimental  silversmith. Edinburgh hallmarked.

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Classic sterling silver celtic kit jacket button

Classic sterling silver celtic kit jacket button based on an original 1920’s button. Made to order by The House of Labhran Regimental  silversmith.

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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders officers sterling silver sgian dubh

Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders officers sterling silver sgian dubh

Our regimental silversmith makes wonderful hand crafted Scottish sgian dubhs for clients around the world. One of the classic we make is the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regimental sgian dubh. The leather scabbard is sterling silver mounted. The silver mounted hilt is hand carved in blackwood and the hilt is then mounted with a cairngorm.

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Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders regimental sterling silver sgian dubh

In hallmarked sterling silver with real cairngorm stone set hilt. Hand made by the royall silversmith and hallmarked Edinburgh. As worn by the officers of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ( Princess Louise’s ) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until amalgamation into the Royal Regiment of Scotland in March 2006.

The regiment was created under the Childers Reforms in 1881, as the Princess Louise’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, by the amalgamation of the 91st (Argyllshire Highlanders) Regiment of Foot and93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment of Foot. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to fifteen battalions during the First World War ( 1914–1918 ) and nine during the Second World War (1939–1945). The 1st Battalion served in the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967.

As part of the restructuring of the British Army’s infantry in 2006, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated with the Royal Scots, theKing’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret’s Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment), the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) and the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)into the seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Following a further round of defence cuts announced in July 2012 the 5th Battalion was reduced to a single public duties company called Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders).

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