CHIVALRY & RENAISSANCE
for Enlarged Photo of Medallion
prickly purple thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland
during the rein of Alexander
III (1249 -1286). Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon
of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast
of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen.
In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness
the Norsemen removed their footwear. As they drew near to the
Scots it wasn't the only thing hiding under the cover of darkness.
For one of Haakon's men unfortunately stood on one of these
spiny little defenders and shrieked out in pain, alerting the
Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots
who won the day.
The first use of the Thistle as a royal symbol of Scotland
was on silver coins issued by James III in 1470.
--by J. Duncan
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