Scottish No2 Dress Tunic

Since before the Napoleonic Wars, Scottish troops wearing kilts have worn special tunics with cut away skirts to clear the kilt and allow a sporran to be worn. Today kilts are reserved for ceremonial occasions, but the British Army’s No1 and No2 dress uniforms for Scottish troops still incorporate the cut away skirts for wear with the kilt. Today we are looking at an unissued example of a No2 dress tunic for a Scottish soldier with its distinctive cut: 

The length of the jacket is shorter than that worn by other soldiers, but the curved lower edge is the obvious visual feature of this tunic: 

This shape is mirrored in the lower pockets which have a curved front edge to match the cut of the jacket: 

This example is unissued so does not have any regimental buttons on it, although these would usually be of staybrite metal. A small securing button is fitted under the position a belt would normally be worn to help hold the lower edge of the tunic together, without being uncomfortable which a regimental style of button would be when directly under the belt: 

Other unique features include the cuff of the jacket which is cut at the slope: 

And the rear which is sewn in three panels: 

Apart from these details, the design is the same as other No2 dress tunics, so the collar and shoulder boards are the same as those for non-Scottish regiments: 

The label inside the jacket clearly shows that this is the Scottish pattern of the Jacket, Man’s No 2: 

This particular pattern of tunic has since been replaced with a Scottish version of the FAD, or Future Army Dress which is visually much closer to this jacket rather than the FAD English tunic is to its predecessor; the change of fabric being the most obvious feature. 

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