Our Autumn 2020 range of kilt pins, just in time for Hallowe’en, celebrates the wonderful and unique Scottish art found on seventeenth century tombs. From the early 1600s Scots would increasingly have carved icons added to their tombstones, to convey certain messages about either themselves or the need to live a good life.
C-FKPHW02 King Death
The death-head represents the universality of death, how the reaper is no respecter of pomp or power, all earthy kings will kneel before him some day. Given the seventeenth-century Scottish Presbyterians had something of a disdain for the ambitions of the Stuart kings and the vanity of the court, they were especially keen on this symbol. Size 96mm long, 20mm wide.
C-LP/CP HW04 Memento Mori
Available as a lapel pin or a clutch pin. Memento Mori was a very popular motto in the early modern period – literally translated as ‘remember to die’, it was meant to serve as a reminder of the grave, and so to live well and make the most of things while you could. Lapel pin size 60mm long, 12mm wide. Clutch Pin Size 23mm long, 12mm wide.
C-LP/CP HW05 Coffin
Available as a lapel pin or a clutch pin. Skeletons of all sorts were carved into Scottish kirkyard tombstones, some active, some still. This pin is also meant to recall the line from Tam O’ Shanter: Coffins stood round, like open presses Lapel pin size 60mm long, 12mm wide. Clutch Pin Size 35mm long, 12mm wide.