A little bit of Scottish History

The Lion Rampant

In the days when flags and banners were important to identify opposing elements in battle, King William Ist "The Lion" who lived from 1143 to 1214, adopted a heraldic device showing a rampant lion, the king of beasts, rearing up with three paws stretched out. 

This became the royal coat of arms in Scotland. The lion was also incorporated into the Great Seal of Scotland which was placed on all official documents.When the royal coat of arms was being designed, the lion rampant was obviously incorporated, with the Latin motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" meaning "No one attacks me with impunity". 

The lion rampant flag strictly speaking belongs solely to the monarch - though a Royal Warrant has been issued allowing it to be displayed as a token of loyalty to the crown. At one time, using the royal coat of arms unlawfully, could have resulted in a heavy fine - or worse!
The Ghillie Brogue

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The Ghillie Brogue.

The ghillie style of full brogue Oxford has no tongue, to facilitate drying, and long laces that wrap around the leg above the ankle and tie below the calf to facilitate keeping the tie clear of mud. Despite the functional aspects of their design, ghillies brogues are most commonly seen as a component of traditional, formal Scottish dress and are worn primarily for social occasions.
The Flower of Scotland, the Thistle, The Tartan is also Flower of Scotland.

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"O" Flower of Scotland.

 Flower of Scotland was released in 1965 by the Corries.The inspiration for this song was Robert the Bruce. "Flower Of Scotland" does not allude to this inspirational story but to the victory over Edward II. The lyrics were written by Roy Williamson (1936-90). The music is actually somewhat older, and was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick (c1834-1916) who emigrated to Australia as a young man, and also composed the National Anthem of Australia, "Advance Australia Fair". 

                                          The Lyrics

O Flower of Scotland,When will we see Your like again,

That fought and died for,Your wee bit Hill and Glen,
And stood against him,Proud Edward's  army,
                               And sent him homeward,Tae think again. 

The hills are bare now,And autumn leaves lie thick and still,
     O'er land that is lost now,Which those so dearly held,
  That stood against him,Proud Edward's Army,
   And sent him homeward,Tae think again.

                                               Those days are past now,And in the past they must remain,
                                               But we can still rise now,And be the nation again,
That stood against him,Proud Edward's Army,
And sent him homeward,Tae think again.
The Highland Quaich

 The Highland Quaich.

Traditionally the "Quaich", which originated from the Scottish Highlands was used both for a "Cup of Welcome" and also when offering a farewell drink. 

The Quaich was originally made from primitively "staved" wood, then later from horn or leather, eventually pewter and silver becoming popular as it became the favourite drinking cup throughout Scotland.

Being derived from the Gaelic word "cuach" meaning "shallow cup" the distinctive design has remained unchanged over the centuries - a shallow drinking bowl with 2 handles, colloquially know as "lugs".

Have a look again next month for another little bit of Scottish History.

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