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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COCKIT BONNET, COCKED—, Cocket—, n. comb. A boat-shaped cap (the points before and behind) of thick cloth with two ribbons hanging loose behind, the ancestor of the modern Glengarry, which is also sometimes referred to as a “cockit bonnet.” The Eng. cocked hat was so called because of the turned-up flaps of the brim; the Sc. cockit bonnet derives its name from the manner in which it was set up on the head by soldiers in contrast to that of civilians who wore it pulled down. Gen.Sc. [′kɔkət′bɔnət]Sc. 1924 J.G. Mackay Highland Garb 100:
There was another style, the boineid bhiorach, or cocked bonnet, something after the style of the modern “glengarry,” but very much higher, and of which the “glengarry” is an imitation.
Abd. 1855 Bin of Cairnie in Bnffsh. Jnl. (9 Oct.) 4:
This fairy was . . . dressed in green coat and breeches, grey hose, brogues, and a blue bonnet, but whether it was a “braid” or a “cocket” one I cannot be positive.
Fif.10 1941:
Ay, lad, lippen aye to a smile on your mou' An' a good cockit bonnet to cairry ye throu'!

Cockit Bonnet n. comb.

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