The Unicorn of Scotland

Did you know that the unicorn was Scotland’s national animal? The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before anyone else! While the animal is mythological, the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit for Scotland – proud, pure and powerful.  This month, enjoy the magic of ‘The Unicorn of Scotland’ WeeBox!

The Coming of the Unicorn

This mesmerising book by one of Scotland’s best-loved story tellers is utterly charming and brimming with mystical tales, a joy to own! 

‘Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.’

Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. As a child, Duncan learnt the ways of the world through stories: ‘My father’s knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings — not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish — by stories.’

In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children’s folk and fairy tales. For over sixty years Duncan travelled around Scotland — on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later an old van — collecting tales, which not only come from the Travelling People but from the crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way. This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies.

The ‘Unicorn of Scotland’

The unicorn and its sacred bond with Scotland is associated with Scottish heraldry.  Enjoy this bonnie picture from a stain-glass window in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh designed by the very talented Thomas of Brave Scottish Gifts.

Golden Chains of the Scottish Unicorn 

Scottish unicorns are always portrayed with golden chains as a symbol of Scottish kings, so we’ve teamed up with Hamilton and Young to bring you your own Scottish gold chain and bonnie glass unicorn of your own!

“The Unicorn of Scotland, milk-white with gold hooves, horn and mane, has a coronet around its neck, like a collar, with a gold chain attached. It is thought that the chain was to show a great beast had been tamed to serve the king. As with most chained beasts in heraldry, its strength is emphasised rather than diminished by its shackles” 

Unicorns and Easter Rainbows 

From one of our oldest, family confectionary companies ‘Gordon & Durward’ est’d in 1925 – indulge in Scottish fudge, perfect to bring a wee piece of Scotland to your family table.

Gordon and Durward was started in 1925, the name originating from the founders Mr & Mrs Durward, Mrs Durward having the maiden name of Gordon. They sold to George and Daisy Anderson in 1947. George was known locally as Sweetie Geordie, the business continued under the careful eye of the Anderson’s son John and his wife Pamela until they retired in 1989. The Donaldson’s, a well known Crieff family, then bought the business.

Graham and Caroline Donaldson have over the past 25 years steadily expanded the business to a point were the brand of Gordon and Durward is to be found all over Scotland and England in the finest retailers. We knew when we met Graham and tasted this, we had to share it with you!

Finally, treat your feet to a soft, unicorn embrace!

For a wee giggle, we’ve included magical socks.  So put your feet up and wear your tartan Unicorn of Scotland with pride.

Happy Unicorns and Rainbows this month WeeBox Clan!

A Royal Highland Gathering

Summer in Scotland means Highland Games! WeeBox transports you to Braemar, the most famous and arguably best Highland Games in the world! There have been ‘Gatherings’ of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore 900 years ago and WeeBox brings you all you’ll need to enjoy all the fun of the Games! 

Royal Deeside, home of the world famous Braemar Highland Gathering!

This wee book shares stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens, castles and why it is a firm favourite with the royal family.  Royal Deeside follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains, with some right royal sights along the way, including the royal family’s favourite Balmoral Castle.  Royal Deeside is a fine-looking area that captivated Queen Victoria with its characteristic Scottish blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers, moors, forests and neat chocolate box towns and villages.

What to wear to a Royal Highland Gathering? 

Royal Stewart of course! The best known of all Scottish tartans and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen.  This luxury 100% lambswool Ballantrae scarf is a bonnie accessory together with a stunning Hamilton & Young scarf ring to help look the part.  Not sure how to wear your scarf ring? Take a peek at our Facebook page @insideWeeBox for some ideas!

Recognisable all over the world and the best known of all Scottish tartans, Royal Stewart is the tartan of the Royal House of Stewart and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen. In the same way that clansmen wear the tartan of their chief, it is appropriate for all ‘subjects’ of the Queen to wear the Royal Stewart tartan.  The Royal House of Stewart trace their roots back to the 11th century and are the distant ancestors of the current Royal family, the Windsors.  Tartans have drifted in and out of British dress, especially in the mid 18th century when the Jacobite Rebellion nearly caused them to be discarded altogether.  Thankfully, tartan endured and today Royal Stewart is incredibly popular with celebrities and Scots all over the world! 

A wee treat while you watch the Games

What is a Royal Highland Gathering without a satchel of rock to enjoy while you watch the games? Sweet, nostalgic and full of heritage, Ross’s of Edinburgh has preserved this iconic Scottish sweet for generations and WeeBox is proud to have partnered to bring you a wee taste of hame.

Record your memories…

… In this exclusive notebook designed to commemorate the Braemar Highland Games 2018, just for WeeBox subscribers. 

Let the Games begin!

The Outlander Effect

A ‘love letter to Scotland’! That is what your Outlander-inspired WeeBox brings you this July! Just like Claire, the World War II nurse of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, be transported back in time to 18th century Scotland and the time of the Jacobite risings – standing stones, clans, ancient recipes and of course tartan!

Standing Stones, Clan Fraser, Dragonfly? Which charm did you get?

Exclusive jewellery designers Hamilton & Young on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh bring you their collection inspired by the romance of Jamie and Claire in 18th century Scotland.  Their collection of exclusive jewellery is inspired by that romantic tale of two people in love – Jamie and Claire – while Scotland weaves its magic in each stunning piece.

Tartan and Clans

Widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartan, this very special book is close to the hearts of both Scottish natives and the millions of people across the world who have ancestral connections with Scotland!

One of the bestselling books on the subject, this title by Ian Grimble is widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartans. A comprehensive guide to this ever-popular aspect of Scottish culture, featuring 150 tartans in full colour. Alongside the tartans are histories of the origins of each clan and their plaids – we know it will be the perfect way to bring your Scottish heritage alive.

The world famous Selkirk Bannock!

Often seen in Mrs Fitz’s kitchen, the famous Scottish Selkirk Bannock is still handcrafted today – most famously by Alex Dalgetty & Sons in the heart of the Scottish Borders! Enjoy sliced with a spread of butter, scrumptious!  

In Scotland, where the term originates from the Gaelic bannach, meaning cake, bannocks were originally round, medium-sized flat breads made from a wet dough of barleymeal and/or oatmeal.  (Meal is an unsifted powder, coarser than flour, ground from any grain.)  They were cooked on a girdle, or griddle, and were cut into scones, or wedges.  Dalgetty‘s world famous Selkirk Bannocks are the benchmark for all others to be judged, and we believe that none come close.  Handmade to a recipe well over 100 years old which involves long dough fermentation to produce flavours that you would not believe possible from a fruit bread.  Using the sweetest sultanas and lashings of creamy butter, only Alex Dalgetty & Sons know how to make a true Selkirk Bannock.  Best served sliced and spread with butter, or even try it toasted for a change. For something extra special why not try making a sumptuous bread and butter pudding.

Exclusive Brave Scottish Gifts ‘Standing Stones’ Postcard

Inspired by the Outlander heroine Claire’s magical encounter in the Scottish Highlands – an event that changes her life, share these Standing Stones or let yourself be transported to our bonnie land. These Calanais (or Callanish) Standing Stones, are located on the west coast of Lewis and you can’t help but wonder at the motivation of our ancestors to build such monuments over 3000 years ago.

Je Suis Prest! Are you ready?

Brave Scottish Gifts bring you this exclusive ‘Je Suis Prest’ t-shirt to salute Jamie and the Fraser Clan! WeeBox HQ first met Thomas, the creative genius behind Brave Scottish gifts 2 years ago.  We love his often irreverent take on Scottish humour and his absolute commitment to producing high quality Scottish gifts for Scots-at-heart all over the world!

Andy, the Highlander!

Is it your dream to visit Scotland? Well, WeeBox has the perfect tour guide for you! We highly recommend Andrew McAlindon, Andy the Highlander – unique, incredible insights and fun as you take part in the action too! Having filmed in Outlander Seasons 2 & 3, Andy transports you as one of Jamie Fraser’s Highland men 💪. And that’s not all – Andy delivers scenic, historic, whisky & custom tours too – so something for everyone, no matter what it is YOU 💜 about Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Just for our WeeBox Clan this month – an exclusive discount offer inside your July WeeBox! www.highlandertours.co.uk 

Scotland of your Imagination

Heilan coos, ancient castles, romance, breathtaking views … the Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. So let your March WeeBox weave its Highland magic!

The Highlands beg to be explored! Often portrayed as a romantic part of Scotland, this is not at all strange given the mind-blowing views and fairytale castles. The haunting cloak of mystery that covers the Highlands must be experienced. Due to the ever and fast changing weather, there is a mystical feel, coupled with the rich and often bloody history.

Your WeeBox this month, transports you to the “Scotland of your Imagination” with stunning gifts exclusively curated just for our subscribers …. so hold your breath and dive in!

The Highlands … spirit of Scotland at its best
Loose yourself in the evocative landscapes, stunning unspoilt nature with rugged mountains, deep blue lochs and empty glens with this picture book by Scotland’s most prolific landscape photographer.

Your very own Highland Cow to love!
A sighting of this majestic, Scottish icon in the Highlands never disappoints! So WeeBox brings you this adorable, hairy heilan coo just for you. And for a wee laugh, we’ve even included some (delicious!) Highland Cow Poo straight from its Highland playground 😂

Scotland in Your Pocket
An exclusive from renowned Scottish artist Kevin Hunter, WeeBox brings you his stunning depiction of 13th century Eilean Donan at Sunset, one of the most romantic castles in the world.

Ceud Mile Failte!
Straight from The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Hamilton & Young Jewellers share their ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ neckwear for lads and lassies!

WeeBox HQ hopes you 💜 your journey through time and history this month in the “Scotland of your Imagination”!

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