Unicorn Of Scotland - A National Scottish Symbol. What says 'magic' more loudly than choosing the mystical and powerful Unicorn of Scotland as the country's National Animal? A country's 'National Animal' should represent the best, and defining, qualities of the nation who chose it. Scots have a strong sentimental streak under that practical and reserved exterior, and Scottish culture is rich in superstitions, myths and legends. So, choosing a heraldic symbol as awe-inspiring as the unicorn makes perfect sense! Chances are you don't know too much about this fantastic creature, so let's start there. (But if you want to jump straight to how, when & why it was chosen CLICK HERE) Unicorns Abound In History & Legend The stories and legends surrounding the Unicorn go about as far back in history as the human race. These beautiful creatures were worshiped by the ancient Babylonians, and written descriptions of them appear throughout ancient history, and as early as the first century AD.
Click on image to buy or browse Unicorn qualities included: The History of the Unicorn - from our point of view. Why is Scotland's national animal a unicorn. The Unicorn: I. The Heraldic Unicorn. Sacred Texts Miscellaneous Index Previous Next Buy this Book at Amazon.com The Unicorn, a Mythological Investigation, by Robert Brown, , at sacred-texts.com p. 1 THE science of Heraldry has faithfully preserved to modern times various phases of some of those remarkable legends, which, based upon a study of natural phenomena, exhibit the process whereby the greater part of mythology has come into existence.
There we find the solar Gryphon, 1 the solar Phoenix, 2 'a demi-eagle displayed issuing from flames of fire,' 3 the solar Lion, and the lunar Unicorn, which two latter noble creatures now harmoniously support the Royal Arms. P. 2 Dallaway conjectures that 'the tester or armour for horses’ heads in the centre of which a long spike was fixed, suggested the idea of a beast so defended p. 3 by nature.' p. 4 The Gryphon, it may be observed, appears in the Roll as a Charge:— p. 5 The following instances (amongst many) exhibit the Unicorn as a Charge:— p. 6 p. 7 Footnotes 1:1 Vide R. 1:2 Vide R. The Coming of the Unicorn: Scottish Folk Tales for Children by Duncan Williamson: Undiscovered Scotland Review.
The Coming of the Unicorn by Duncan Williamson is a wonderful collection of Scottish folk and fairy tales for children. The stories are beautifully told and perfectly written to be read aloud to the small child or children in your life. What is especially nice is that although these are stories with many familiar "folk tale" elements, they also have a freshness and originality which really keeps you turning the page. The novelty of the stories mean that you don't know the end before you start, and as a result this is a book that is every bit as interesting and enjoyable for the adult doing the reading as it is for the child doing the listening. Or, of course, for slightly older children reading the stories for themselves. The book opens with the story of the "Fox and the Two Cat Fishers", a story with a clear message, and this starts a theme. What really brings the stories to life is an understanding of their background and purpose, set out in the introduction.
Unicorn (coin) Scottish "unicorns" from the reigns of James III (top left) and James IV (bottom right) The unicorn was a gold coin that formed part of Scottish coinage between 1484 and 1525. It was initially issued in the reign of James III with a value of 18 shillings Scots, but rising gold prices during the reign of James V caused its value to increase first to 20 shillings, and then 22. The obverse of the coin shows a crowned unicorn.
The significance is that the unicorn is one of the heraldic symbols of Scotland, occurring most notably in the royal coat of arms of Scotland as crowned and chained supporters. According to the British Museum, it became the coin favoured by Scottish kings when making gifts to foreigners, as in 1503 when James IV gave 100 unicorns to Lord Dacre, the English ambassador. A half-unicorn (lower left in photo) was introduced with a value of 9 shillings during the reign of James IV. Gold unicorn of James III, king of Scotland. Legends. "...I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear That unicorns may be betray'd with trees, And bears with glasses, elephants with holes, Lions with toils and men with flatterers; In Chinese mythology, the Unicorn was an animal of good omen that came to humans only on important missions.
Its appearance was interpreted as a sign of good times, and the fact that it has not been seen in many centuries suggests that we are living in "bad" times. It will appear once again when the time is right and when goodness reigns. One of the first Unicorns is said to have appeared almost 5,000 years ago to give Emperor Fu Hsi the secrets of written language. Then, almost 4,700 years ago in 2697 B.C., another Unicorn made an appearance in the garden of the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di).
Birth and Death of Confucius Foretold by Unicorns The Chinese also believed that the Unicorn could foretell the birth of great men like the philosopher Confucius. The Western Unicorn How to Catch a Unicorn Unicorn in the Sky. The Heraldry Society. Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. These arms are used by the Queen in her official capacity as monarch of the United Kingdom, and are officially known as her Arms of Dominion.
Variants of the Royal Arms are used by other members of the Royal Family; and by the British government in connection with the administration and government of the country. In Scotland, the Queen has a separate version of the Royal Arms, a variant of which is used by the Scotland Office. The official blazon of the Royal Arms is: Uses The British Government also uses the Royal Coat of Arms as a national symbol of the United Kingdom, and, in that capacity, the Coat of Arms can be seen on several government documents and forms, passports, in the entrance to embassies and consulates, etc. The Queen awards Royal Warrants to various businesses that supply the Royal Household. Scotland History Other variants British Royal Coat of Arms and Motto. The Official Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The coat features both the motto of British Monarchs: (God and my right) and the motto of the Order of the Garter: ('Evil to him who evil thinks') on a representation of the Garter behind the shield.
Royal Coat of Arms The Royal Arms we see today have evolved over nine centuries, since Richard the Lionheart chose three lions to represent England. The full version of the Royal Coat of Arms is now used only by the Queen in her capacity as the Sovereign. Above is a coloured photograph of the Royal Coat of Arms. The main element of the Arms is the shield which is divided into four quarters. Shield of the Royal Arms Why is Wales not represented on the shield and Coat of Arms? Wales was recognised as a Principality by the creation of the Prince of Wales long before the incorporation of the quarterings for Scotland and Ireland in the Royal Arms. Find out about the Royal Standard What is the motto of England? The Lion and the Unicorn - Alice in Wonderland Wiki.
The Lion and the Unicorn are a pair of fictional characters from the novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. They are based upon a traditonal English nursery rhyme of the same name. The Nursery Rhyme Edit The Lion and the Unicorn Were fighting for the crown The lion beat the unicorn All around the town. Some gave them white bread, And some gave them brown; Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town Origin of the Phrase The royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom have been supported by a lion and a unicorn since 1603. Description The Lion and the Unicorn are forever fighting over the crown of the White King, which, given that the Unicorn is on the White side as well, makes his part of the rivalry all the more absurd.
Other appearances In the manga and anime Pandora Hearts, the Lion appears as Lotti's chain named Leon, a lion with a crown while the Unicorn is Sharon's chain named Eques, a black unicorn. Trivia Gallery Sources. The Lion and the Unicorn. The lion and the unicorn as they appear on both versions of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. In the Scottish version (shown right) the two have switched places and both are crowned, and the lion on top is coloured red. Nursery rhyme The traditional legend of enmity between the two heraldic animals is recorded in a nursery rhyme which has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 20170.
It is usually given with the lyrics: The Lion and the Unicorn as they appear in A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book by L. Leslie Brooke. The lion and the unicorn Were fighting for the crown The lion beat the unicorn All around the town. Some gave them white bread, And some gave them brown; Some gave them plum cake and drummed them out of town. And when he had beat him out, He beat him in again; He beat him three times over, His power to maintain. In literature See also Notes References Baker, E.D. The Lion and the Unicorn rhyme. List of unicorns. This is a list of unicorns in modern popular culture: References See also List of winged unicorns.