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Thistle Tapestry

£116.00
Item Delivered Separately

This item is sent directly from our supplier therefore will arrive separately from the rest of your order.

This tapestry features the Thistle which has been a Scottish emblem for centuries. 
There are many different stories of how the Thistle became Scotland's symbol, but most point to the events surrounding the Battle of Largs in 1263. It is generally forgotten that for more than 600 years most of Scotland was part of the Kingdom of Norway, and by 1263 Norway seemed to have little interest. King Alexander III proposed to buy back the Western Isles & Kintyre, still Norwegian territory. However, this re-awoke Norse interest King Haakon IV attacked with a large force but was finally defeated at Largs. At some point during the campaign the Norsemen tried to surprise the Scots with a night attack. They removed their footwear for a silent approach but found themselves on ground covered with thistle. It is said their leader steeped on a thistle and cried out. His shout warned the Scots who then saw off the Norsemen, thus saving Scotland. 
The role of the thistle was then understood and was chosen as Scotland's symbol, with the motto "Nemo me impune lacessit", "No-one harms me without punishment" but more commonly translated as "Wha daurs meddle wi me". 

  • Please note this item incurs an additional delivery fee due to the nature and weight of the item. 
  • Delivery is direct from the supplier and may take up to 3-5 working days for orders within the UK and 7-10 working days outside the UK. 
  • Please note that other purchases made in the same transaction will be delivered separately as per our normal delivery times. 
  • Tapestry fully lined. 
  • Size: 60cm x 65cm (all sizes are approximate, as the tapestry panels may vary slightly after finishing). 

Allow for up to 5 days delivery to the UK and up to 10 days for delivery outside the UK for this item. This item incurs an additional £12 delivery charge and is sent directly from our supplier so will be delivered separately from the rest of your order. See Delivery Information for further details.