Many Hunters were Scottish supporters of James VII called Jacobites and their armies regularly went to battle wearing tartan kilts. During the early 16th century this was a Highland dress. These kilts were 12-yard swaths of cloth that could be draped around the body. The garment, which could be looped and knotted to create different outfits to accommodate the Highland weather. The kilt as a symbol of Scottish dissent. After the Jacobites lost their nearly 60-year-long rebellion at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, England instituted an act that made tartan and kilts illegal.
Punishment was severe if caught wearing a kilt. For the first offense, a kilt-wearer could be imprisoned for six months without bail. On the second offense, he was “to be transported to any of His Majesty’s plantations beyond the seas, there to remain for the spaces of seven years.
In 1782 the British government lifted the 35-year-old ban.
The Hunter Jacobites
- Adam Hunter, excise officer Montrose, prisoner there.
- Henry Hunter, Newton of Arbirlot, soldier of Ogilvy’s Regiment
- James Hunter, in Cotton of Letham, St Vigeans, soldier of Ogilvy’s Regiment
- John Hunter, in Newton of Arbirlot, soldier of Ogilvy’s Regiment
- James Hunter, son of John Hunter in Newbigging, St Vigeans, soldier of Ogilvy’s Regiment