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Scotland’s History and heritage in miniature
Celtic & Pictish Crosses & carved stones
Historic Architecture models
This is a contemporary sculpture based on early Celtic & Pictish rock-art carvings and depicts a stylised thistle plant entwined in a Celtic knotwork pattern.
The thistle is the national flower of Scotland. There is a legend which relates how a sleeping party of Scots warriors were almost set upon by an invading band of Vikings and were only saved when one of the attackers trod on a wild thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm and the roused Scots duly defeated the Vikings In gratitude, the plant became known as the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.
The earliest known use for the thistle as a symbol of Scotland is to be found on coins stamped in 1470. From the 16th century it was incorporated into the Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland, along with the motto “ Nemo me impune Laecessit”, meaning “No one provokes me with impunity”. Or in Stots “Wha daurs meddle wi me”. The thistle also features in a Scots proverb: “Ye maunna tramp on the Scotch thistle laddie” (You must not step on the Scottish thistle, boy)
Hand painted. Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.