Marcus Eagleton learned to make sporrans from
his mother, Janet; she started making award-winning sporrans in
her home in 1981, using leather-working skills she had learned from
her father, a Glasgow cobbler. He, in turn, had learned leather-working
from his grandfather, a saddle maker. Today, with the help of several
employees, the Eagletons handcraft thousands of sporrans each year
in their small workshop behind Janet's home in rural Perthshire.
Some of these are sold at their shop in nearby Perth, while others
are sold to customers arround the world via mail and Internet orders.
Eagleton & Son make sporrans from almost any kind of legally
obtained animal hide. Customers have sent them everything from mountain
lion pelts to crocodile skins to be made into one-of-a-kind sporrans.
They also recreate historic sporrans based on old photographs. Silver
and metal fittings, designed to their specifications, are made by
outside silversmiths and metalworkers, but everything else is crafted
in their shop.
In 2001, Janet became the first and only sporran-maker ever awarded
a prestigious M.B.E. from the Queen for her services to sporran-making.
The shop's customers include major stars and celebrities - Billy
Connolly, Samuel L. Jackson (for the movie 51st State) -- as well
as the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Queen's Pipers at Balmoral
and Buckingham Palaces, and the Scots Guards.