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The Scottish Thistle                                                                                                                                   See our Thistle Pendant 

One of the emblems of the Scottish nation. The prickly-leaved, pink or purple-flowered ‘Scotch’ thistle is, along with tartan, perhaps the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish.

When the Scots and Norsemen were at war and prior to the Battle of Largs (1263AD), under the cover of darkness Norsemen managed to land unseen on the coast of Scotland.

Removing their boots, they crept on bare feet towards the unsuspecting group of Scottish fighting men who were resting overnight in a field. Suddenly, a sharp cry of pain shattered the stillness: a Norse soldier had stepped on a thistle. Thus alerted to the surprise attack, the Scots sprang into action and drove the invaders from their shores.

As it was decisive in terms of ending the threat of the Norsemen, from that day the Thistle has been adopted as Scotland’s national symbol.

Saltire Jewellery have created a unique Thistle design based on the Scottish Thistle (Flower of Scotland).  We can offer you Thistle kilt pins, Cufflinks, Tie Tacks and Pendants.  Please read the Historical story that made the Thistle into a legend and thus the national flower of Scotland.  All Thistle designs from our range are supplied with a Thistle card insert with the text below: