The Cocket Hat

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Jan 15

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

“Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)

The Bicorn hat – also known as the cocked hat, was a commonly adopted military uniform element, including those of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) during the late 1700s. There is a stunningly long list of recognizable hat styles in the world, including the Deerstalker, Tam o' Shanter, Glengarry, and Balmoral Bonnet of Scotland. Recipe included: Danish Napoleonshatte (Napoleon cocked hat cookies)

The Cocket Hat

The Bicorn hat – also known as the cocked hat, was a commonly adopted military uniform element, including those of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) during the late 1700s.

 

This style of hat is probably most associated with Napoleon Bonaparte, French Emperor and military leader. The style was replaced by the shako in the early 1800s.

 

Descended from the tricorne, the black-coloured bicorne originally had a rather broad brim, with the front and the rear halves turned up and pinned together (the shorter front brim was called "the cock" - hence "cocked hat" - and the longer rear brim was termed "the fan").  

 

The term "to be knocked into a cocked hat" means to be soundly and swiftly defeated.

 

There is a stunningly long list of recognizable hat styles in the world.  Whatever your favorite style of hat (including "party hat"), see the definitive list of hat styles and pictures here, which list the Deerstalker, Tam o' Shanter, Glengarry, and Balmoral Bonnet of Scotland. 

Ironically, this dance took its inspiration from the ubiquitous costume Scottish party hat, complete with fright wig and tartan tam o'shanter!

 

For a classic hat recipe for the Danish Napoleonshatte (Napoleon hat cookies), click the picture below.

See below for a video of the dance performed by the Tay Dancers in 2015. 

The Cocket Hat
The Cocket Hat

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Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 

 

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