Demonstration by Rev. Jay McMillen - Rony’s Point United Presbyterian Church. (Photo courtesy of Sue Campbell)

Rev. McMillen also wore a sporran. This bag that would carry food & flask - not of water. It was probably the utilitarian leather pouch and not the decorative hair bag worn with the formal small kilt. Another smaller bag called a "possibles bag" contained ammunition - balls & wadding.

Weapons carried during this era included a Reever sword. This sword would be a cut down claymore. The claymore was originally used against knights. It should be twice the size of the one wielding it. The claymore was used to cut off the knight’s horse’s legs. Another knife was the kidney dirk, a knife used where the knight’s armor had a weakness. A tomahawk was also carried and is not an Indian invention. Finally there was a standood, a knife worn in the sock. This knife could also be a symbol of whether the Scotsman was friendly or ready to fight. Friendliness was when the knife was in the sock.

This Scotsman would also be carrying a long rifle as a weapon during this era. The Scottish already had it before the American Revolution. It came to the U. S. from the Jacobite Wars. Rev. McMillen demonstrated how to load this single firing weapon with powder from his powder horn, and balls and wadding from the possibles bag. One way to speed up the loading of another shot was to create a twist and ram it into the long rifle. The twist was a pre-made ball and wadding twisted together.

See 2002 Notes for complete information on 2002 Reunion.