The Gordons


Officer's Sporrans


The sporran was properly called a purse and functioned as such for carrying small articles, since the Highland clothing was devoid of pockets. The officers had two; one for dress, on the left, and one for undress, on the right. The ornate cantle at the top was similar for both, being gilt with thistle designs engraved, and a silver badge in the middle. The white goats hair was overlaid with gold cord and tassels in the case of the dress sporran, and with black hair tassels for undress. The purse itself, hidden behind the goatshair, was of red leather. The Gordon Highanders suspended the sporran from a thin white belt round the waist.


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by Stephen Luscombe