Themed Kilt Pins

C-KP530 Lion Rampant

The Lion Rampant has been the symbol of Scottish Monarchs since at least the time of Alexander II and the 1220s. ‘Rampant’ is a heraldic term for a beast standing on its hind legs, with raised claws, poised ready to strike. It represents the courage, bravery and ferocity of the Scots.

Length 9cm.

C-KP531: Thistle

The  thistle has been a national symbol of Scotland since at least the time of James III. As the Renaissance took hold of Scotland, the thistle became an important decorative motif throughout the country, coming to represent the picturesque and hardy qualities of the Scottish landscape and people.

Length 9cm.

C-KP532: Bagpiper

The piper is an icon of Scotland, long associated with the Highlands way of life and clan culture.

Length 9cm.

C-KP550: Machine

Does life sometimes feel like a grind? Don’t let it – and *them* – grind you down, with this unique Lapel Pin.

Length 9cm.

C-KP533: St Andrew

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. He was an apostle and was crucified on an X-shaped cross, as he did not deem himself worthy to be executed in the same way as Jesus. The relics of Andrew are said to have been collected by St Rule (or Regulus) and brought to Scotland, to the important religious centre now called St Andrews. A story goes that before King Oengus II led a Scottish and Pictish army to victory over the English in 832AD, a white cross was seen in the sky, and was taken as evidence of the intervention of Andrew in the Scottish triumph. This is said to be the origin of the Scottish Flag (the saltire) and Andrew being the kingdom’s patron saint.

Length 9cm.

C-KP507: Clergy

This lapel pin was designed for the use of clergymen and those associated with the Kirk of Scotland. It shows the Burning Bush from the Book of Exodus and the Latin motto NEC TAMEN CONSUMEBATUR ‘Yet it was not consumed’, which is the unofficial, but widely used, emblem for the Church of Scotland.

Length 9cm.

C-KP534: Eagle

Scotland is home to a large variety of birds of prey. Two types of eagle can be seen, the huge Sea Eagle (the white-tailed eagle) and the slightly smaller Golden Eagle.

Length 9cm.

C-KP535: Stag

There are two native deer types in Scotland, the Roe Deer and the Red Deer. The Red Deer is the largest indigenous land mammal to survive in Britain and are icons of the Highlands, especially the famous Monarch of the Glen.

Length 9cm.

C-FKPBLN: Birlinn

The Western Isles were once glued together by little ships, the Birlinns. These were a long-lived adaptation of the old Viking longships, with the important addition of a rudder at the back. These were perfectly adapted for life in the west, being fast little vessels that could be rowed or sailed as the need demanded, and then light enough to be pulled ashore. Whether used for trade or war, these were the workhorses of the islanders. The Birlinn on this kilt pin is set upon a West Highland battle sword, which was shorter than the more famous longswords and Claymores of the mainland and was perfect for use at sea. Both sword and ship here are inspired by many carved examples that can be found on the rich corpus of graveslabs that survive in the west. Length 10cm.

C-FKP11A: Celtic Cross

Celtic Crosses were distinguished by their ‘nimbus’, a surrounding ring and were found throughout early medieval Britain, primarily those parts influenced by ‘Celtic Christianity’: Ireland, Scotland, Northumbria, Wales, Cornwall and the West Country. Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 98mm.

C-FKPGROUA: Grouse Claw

One of the odder traditions of Scotland. In the Victorian period men would pin grouse claws to their kilts for good luck during hunting trips. Over time they became more embellished, gaining gemstones and decorative silverwork gaining widespread appeal as a fashion item. Known as a ‘ptarmigan’, they also became love tokens for lovers apart. Enjoy this tradition without resorting to animal cruelty and grizzly taxidermy with this premium quality hand finished pewter kilt pin. Stone Options: Onyx, Amethyst, Ruby, Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald. Antique Silver plated finish. Length 85mm.

C-KP508: Masonic

Available in plain pewter, antique silver or gold plated. Length 9cm.

C-FKPTHISA: Flower of Scotland

Premium Antique Silver plated finish. Length 83mm.

C-FKP12A: Thistles

Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 90mm.

C-FKP29A: Thistle Sword

Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 89mm.

C-FKP30A: Claymore Eye

Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 89mm.

C-FKP17A: Interlace Sword

Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 89mm.

C-FKP16A: Interlace Sword

Usually finished in Antique Silver, also available in plain pewter. Length 89mm.

C-KP524: Firefighter’s Kilt Pin

A fireman’s axe kilt pin, especially popular with the many pipe bands associated with fire departments. This pin is usually finished with a ruby red imitation gemstone, although the other options of Topaz Yellow, Blue Sapphire, Green Emerald, Purple Amethyst or Jet Black are also available. Available in plain pewter, antique silver or polished silver. Length 83mm.

C-FKPHW01 Time Flies

Here we have the winged hourglass, or TEMPUS FUGIT, a very popular motif on Scottish stones. This represents both the passing of time, but also the soul, having run out of time, now ascending to the heavens. Size 96mm long, 48mm wide.

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-FKPHW03 Winged Skull

Here we have a symbol of the soul – the earthy journey is over and the journey of the afterlife begins. Found on many tombstones throughout Scotland. Size 96mm long, 48mm wide.