Trevor-Roper says kilts are not period

In his book The Invention of Scotland, the late historian Hugh Trevor-Roper takes on established Scottish traditions such as the tartan and the kilt, calling them "about as authentic as Disneyland." Adam Kirsch of the New York Sun reviews the book.

From the review:

The Invention of Scotland was left unfinished when Trevor-Roper died in 2003, but it does not read like a collection of fragments. In fact, these eight chapters, based on essays and lectures that the historian wrote in the 1970s, fall neatly into three related sections, each dealing with an important episode in the "forging" of Scottish history. The first, titled "The Political Myth," explores the way Scottish scholars of the 16th century — above all, the great Renaissance man George Buchanan — advanced a grossly erroneous version of Scotland's history, the better to serve their contemporary political purposes. The second, "The Literary Myth," is a feat of documentary detective work, in which Trevor-Roper untangles one of the most famous frauds in literary history: the invention of the ancient bard Ossian by James Macpherson. Finally, and most playfully, Trevor-Roper turns to "The Sartorial Myth," offering the surprising truth about how and why the kilt and tartan became Scottish institutions.

Yeah, he's refering to the

Yeah, he's refering to the wee kilt. It's disengenuous to say "the kilt wasn't period" because the belted plaid WAS and it falls under the modernly known umbrella term "kilt".

Article Title & Summary misleading

I went and read the full article (though not the book).

Near the end of the article, it actually states that the "Short Kilt" is what is not period. Not the Great Kilt (sometimes just called a plaid), which is.

Which seems to be common knowledge in the SCA anyway.