Friday, July 15, 2011

Scottish Thistle

Thistle flower, Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) with quite formidable protection. The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, is the symbol of seven of the eight Scottish Police Forces (the exception being the Northern Constabulary). The thistle is also the emblem of Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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