No pockets? No problem! Sporrans are not only an essential piece of Scottish attire, they are quite practical too.
Gaelic for purse or pouch, a sporran has been the place for a kilt-wearing gent to stash his valuables for
hundreds of years. We are proud to offer a fine selection, all made in Scotland from a variety of hides including
seal, rabbit, muskrat, and black grain leather.
There is evidence of sporrans being worn as early as the 12th century, with historical texts describing Highland
warriors as being bare-legged, wearing shaggy cloaks and carrying small bags called scrips. Back then, kilts were
basic, loosely draped garments that had no pockets. The pouch – made of deer or calf skin – was a safe place to
carry items of importance like money, food or small personal items. Some were even booby trapped to deter thieves.
Over time, they became more ornate in appearance. Clasps made from brass or silver began to adorn the satchels,
along with fur and tassels usually made from a fox, horse or seal. These additions remain popular today.
Not much has changed when it comes to this accessory. Instead of being slung to one side, most wear their sporran
positioned front and centre, just below the belt buckle. Simple styles are available for everyday wear, while more
adorned designs are best suited for formal dress occasions. Perhaps the biggest change is what you might find
hidden in one – there were no cellphones or car keys in the 16th century!