The Scottish culture is definitely a fighting one. Also one that made a practice of open carry of arms. Ever notice the knife Scotsmen carry in their stocking?
"The sgian dubh
may have evolved from the sgian achlais
, a dagger that could be concealed under the armpit. Used by the Scots of the 17th
and 18th centuries
, this knife was slightly larger than the average modern sgian dubh
and was carried in the upper sleeve or lining of the body of the jacket.
Courtesy and etiquette
would demand that when entering the home of a friend, any concealed weapons would be revealed. It follows that the sgian achlais
would be removed from its hiding-place and displayed in the stocking top held securely by the garters