Pilgrim's hat

A pilgrim's hat, cockel hat or traveller's hat is a wide brim hat used to keep off the sun.[1]


The pilgrim's hat traditionally had a scallop shell emblem. This is thought to be a reference to the Christian legend that, after Saint James died in Jerusalem, he was miraculously carried by angels to the Atlantic coast of Spain, although the shell symbol has also been connected to pre-Christian traditions as well.[2]

Tradionally it is highly associated with pilgrims on the Way of St. James. The upturned brim of the hat is adorned with a scallop shell to denote the traveller's pilgrim status,[3] although modern walkers wear it much less.[4]


Pilgrim's hats are used in heraldry.

See also


  1. "Cockle Hat". Infoplease.com. Beaumont and Fletcher: The Friar of Orders Grey; Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  2. Chico, Beverly (2013). Hats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 377.
  3. "Camino Santiago de Compostela, Frances, Fisterra and Portugues". Camino Pilgrim Guides. April 30, 2005. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved 2018-03-05.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. Sánchez y Sánchez, Samuel (2015). Annie Hesp (ed.). The Camino de Santiago in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Global Views. Routledge.
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