Jacobite Reenactment

The picture shown above depicts a military encampment. From left to right is a child in standard middle to upper class clothing, a woman in camp clothing for working in camp, a Jacobite officer and a young man in regulation clothing when working for the English.



Finding a difinitive list of gear for the Jacobite period is difficult as it spans close to 100 years. After doing a bit a research we feel that the following is a reasonable approximation of what may have been worn by officers and conscripts. You may either make your own clothing and gear or buy it from a number of different sutlers such as Smoke and Fire or JAS Townsend.

Sutlers atend many events, are found on the web, or through hobby related magazines. 

Start up costs are sometimes prohibitive. In order to join the company a certain minimum kit will be necessary. The minimum kit consists of a basic uniform. Please contact the company before buying larger items such as a musket or tent.

The following list details the minimum kit for the Jacobites.

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The list is for Culloden era reenactrment.

  • A wee-kilt or French fly-front breeches $60 plus. The kilt should not be modern manufacture. Knife pleats as used on modern kilts were not used in period.
  • Shirt, off-white. $40
  • Waistcoat $60
  • Scottish bonnet, blue wool $15
  • Sleeved waistcoat. Preferably dark blue for officers. Other dark colors except for red appropriate for non-officers. $160 plus.

If a Scot working for the English is being portrayed, the waistcoat should be red and a blackwatch wee-kilt should be worn. The image below shows a number of individuals including a Jacobite officer, an English officer and an English sergeant in the foreground.

Common Gear:
  • Great kilt in a plaid. Modern Tartan is not necessary. Variable price based on the cost of the wool.
  • Hand made gillies or brogans.
  • Linen shirt. $40.
  • Wooden bowl $12 - $15
  • Spoon $3 - $5
  • Early sporran $20 - $60
  • Tin cup $5 - $10
  • Belt $20

The following items are not required upon joining However, you should try and have them by the second season.

  • The standard tent is a wedge configuration of white canvas: The cost will vary based on the size and exact configuration. 
  • Musket, Brown Bess: $650. Some Jacobites also carried civilian hunting arms. 

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Most of these items can be hand made using available patterns and materials. 

  • Shift, cotton or linen: $25. 
  • Petticoat, cotton or linen, drawstring: $25. 
  • Apron, drawstring: $7. 
  • Stockings, cotton, extra long, 2 pair: $8.50 ea. 
  • Cap (not a mob cap), cotton or linen: $15. 
  • Shortgown, bedgown, or sleeved jacket, cotton or linen: $40. NO sleeveless bodices. 
  • Modesty piece scarf: $10. 
  • Shoes, blackor brown: $50 - $95. 





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Children will typically wear the same as the adults although Jacobite children may wear a waistcoat, linen shirt and breeches instead of a kilt.