Thistle - A Scotish Symbol
The thistle has been an important Scottish symbol for more than 500 years. The earliest recorded use of the thistle was perhaps its use on silver coins issued in 1470 during the reign of James III. From the early 16th century, it was incorporated into the Royal Arms of Scotland.
In 1687, Scotland’s premier Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Thistle, was established . The members of this most ancient and noble order wear a collar chain whose links are made of golden thistles. The Knights and Ladies of the Thistle also wear a breast star which bears the thistle emblem and a motto which is regularly associated with it, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit – ‘no-one provokes me with impunity’.