Scottish Culture and History

                                             

The Legend of the Thistle
 
The thistle is the National Emblem of Scotland.  Legend says that in the Battle of Largs in 1263, Norway's King Haakon invaded Scotland.  Seeking to attack by stealth, the King instructed his soldiers to remove their footwear.  The shrieks of pain from one soldier after stepping on a thistle woke the Scotsmen, who were able to repel and defeat the invading army.  The Order of the Thistle is the highest honor that can be awarded in Scotland.  The Order was created in 1540 by King James V.   
 
 
 
 
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