A cloth or leather band that is worn above or below the knee. If worn on the arm it is worn above the elbow. The garter is an ancient garment that is still in use today. The garter was a symbol of rank worn by Wiccan High Priests and Priestesses. This garter was typically either red or green, with buckles added to represent the number of covens under the priest that had hived off. William Rufus was said to have been a Wiccan high Priest and may have been killed as the result of a sacrificial offering in 1100.
King Edward III formed the Order of the Garter in 1349. This order was created after an incident involving the Countess of Salisbury at a royal ball. The Countess, whilst dancing with the king lost one of her garters. The king taking up the garter tied it to his own leg saying "shame on him who thinks evil of it ". This motto 'honi soit qui mal y pense' is inscribed on the blue ribbon of the most Noble Order of the Garter.Return to Main Index