Since the early clans of the 12th century, Scotland’s traditions have been woven into the fabric of our culture with customs still practised today. Close to a thousand years of rich heritage remains alive and as part of this, we celebrate our national animal, the unicorn! From the legend of the Unicorn of Scotland to love and courtship, this WeeBox brings Scotland’s traditions to life.
To a country as bold, fierce and proud as Scotland, one that was fighting for its independence from ‘oppressors’ this was the perfect choice as the ‘national animal’ that would appear on heraldic symbols.
Celtic mythology believed unicorns to represent innocence and purity whilst also being associated with chivalry, pride and boldness.
Fun Fact: We celebrate National Unicorn Day on the 9th April each year
Why is the unicorn chained?
The golden chain is always depicted on the unicorn, representing Scotland in the coat of arms, which is often seen passing around its neck and wrapping all around its body.
It is believed that this symbolised the strength of the Scottish kings – only they were powerful enough to tame the bold creature.
Go unicorn spotting in Scotland!
Today in Scotland, ’aon-adharcach’ – the unicorn (Scots Gaelic) has left a lasting imprint on our country, from historic buildings to iconic statues.
Where will you go unicorn spotting?
Here our top 3 favourite places:
The Kings Fountain at Linlithgow Palace: The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and once a glorious Renaissance palace.
High upon the Great Hall at Stirling Castle: One of Scotland’s most historically important sites, where you’ll also spot the beautiful Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry
A Holyroodhouse gatepost: the official residence of the Queen in Scotland.
WeeSounds of the Unicorn of Scotland
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