Specialty Irish & Highland Dance Gifts
CLASSIC SCOTTISH THISTLE
One of our best sellers...this is a premium rubber stamp, with its maplewood mounting indented on the sides to give a firm grip. The high-grade red rubber is mounted on generous cushion material.
The thistle image size is 1-1/2" by 1-3/4" and features a beautifully detailed Scottish thistle. See below for a bit of legend about the thistle as a symbol of Scotland.
Great for scrapbooking and papercrafting of all kinds...invitations, hand-made cards, special note paper, envelope decoration, gift tags and more.
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A tale about the Scottish thistle:
The 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