Brooch Feather Bonnet Hackle Stop picking my nose! Cross Belt Plaid in Hunting Stewart Tartan Shell Epaulette Epaulette Shirley Pipe Band Badge Union Flag Badge Insignia Dirk Pipe Major's Stripes Tunic or Doublet Cross Belt Officer's Sash Waist Belt Tunic or Doublet Tunic or Doublet Tunic or Doublet Sporran Kilt Pin Kilt Pin Sgian Dubh Kilt in Hunting Stewart Tartan You are getting too friendly! Tabs or Flashes Half Hose Spat Stop it - that tickles! Half Hose Spat Plaid in Hunting Stewart Tartan Hackle or Plume Glengarry Brooch Glengarry Colonel Bogey's not in my repertoire Shirley Pipe Band Lapel Pin Tie in Hunting Stewart Tartan White Pilot-Style Shirt Argyll Jacket Waist Belt Buckle with Band Emblem Sporran Kilt Pin Kilt Pin Kilt in Hunting Stewart Tartan Sgian Dubh Tabs or Flashes Hose Ghillie Brogue shoe (with long laces tied up leg) Eek! there's a mouse running up my knee! Tabs or Flashes Hose Ghillie Brogue shoe (with long laces tied up leg) Under my kilt you will find my knees

Shirley Pipe Band Uniforms

No1 Uniform - place mouse over item to see it's name No2 Uniform - place mouse over item to see it's name
No1 Uniform - Scarlet Tunic
No2 Uniform - Claret Jacket
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The central part of our uniform is the Hunting Stewart tartan, worn by permission of Her Majesty the Queen. Being of Hunting pattern, the predominant colour is green, with bands of red, yellow, and dark blue.

We have two uniforms, to suit the needs of the occasion and the likely weather and temperature conditions. The Hunting Stewart kilt is worn with both uniforms, with either a scarlet tunic, or a lighter- weight claret Argyll jacket. The above photographs show our uniforms being modelled by John Cadman, our current Pipe Major.

No 1 Uniform

BonnetThe Bonnet is made from ostrich feathers over a wire frame. A set of four tails hang to one side of the face while on the other side is a Hackle. For most band members this is red, but John's is white to denote that he is Pipe Major.
TunicWe wear a red Tunic or Doublet with silver braiding and buttons. Above the right arm is a red semicircular Shell. Over one shoulder is the Cross Belt with its ornate buckles. Over the other shoulder is the Plaid (see below). Below the plaid John has a red Sash to show that he is an Officer in the band. The Waist Belt is black leather with a buckle showing a traditional decoration of thistles.
KiltOur Kilt is the Hunting Stewart tartan, and typically takes 7 or 8 metres of cloth. To the front is worn the Sporran (see below), while lower on the kilt is attached a Kilt Pin. At his side John also wears a Dirk, a traditional knife.
SporranThe Sporran hangs from a belt around the hips. Its basic construction is of leather to which hair is attached. Traditionally this would be horse hair, but modern sporrans tend to be a combination of nylon (white strands) and horse hair (black strands).
PlaidA piper's Plaid is 3 metres long, being wrapped around the body with a length trailing down the back. It is fastened at the shoulder by a large brooch. Most of the plaid is not visible on this photograph because it is behind John's body.
Half HoseThe Half Hose are woven in patterns to complement the tartan kilt. They are designed to be worn over normal socks, finishing at the ankle. They are kept up with red Garter Tabs around the calf.
SpatsWe wear Spats over black shoes (not visible because of the grass). The spats are made of canvas and need to be whitened regularly.
Hunting Stewart Tartan - Shirley Pipe Band

No 2 Uniform

GlengarryOn the Glengarry is worn a small brooch and a feather Plume or Hackle. For most band members this is claret to match the jacket but John's is white to signify that he is Pipe Major.
BlazerFor our No2 uniform we wear a claret Argyll jacket with silver buttons. With this is worn a white shirt and a tie in Hunting Stewart tartan. For this uniform we have a different black leather belt with a buckle that features the band's badge.
SporranThis style of Sporran is traditionally made from seal skin, but ours are pony hide.
HoseOur white Hose are held up by claret Garter Tabs around the calf. On John's feet are Ghillie Brogues, decorated leather shoes with long laces tied around his ankles. Down his sock is a Sgian Dubh, a small traditional knife. The knees are his own (nobody else would want them).
You can dress a cut-out piper if you wish - please treat him gently since he is very ticklish!

This page is still under development. The above shows the uniforms of a piper - the next enhancement will be to add photographs and descriptions of a drummer's uniform.

Hunting Stewart Tartan - Shirley Pipe Band

For further indication of our appearance, take a tour through the photographs in the Gallery.

Hunting Stewart Tartan - Shirley Pipe Band

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