Susanne Printz

Posted on October 17 2019


The legend behind the Thistle.


Scottish thistle as a Heraldic badge. Since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) the thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland.. Since then it’s been the symbol o the Order of the Thistle, a chivalric order of Scotland. According to legend, a Norse army was attempting to sneak up upon a Scottish army's encampment. Being barefoot was a Norseman’s misfortune since he stepped on a thistle. His cry of pain alerted the Scots to the invaders.

Today the Thistle is the National Flower of Scotland.

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