The Lion Rampant
William I of Scotland " The Lion" ( 1165 - 1214 ) indroduced the lion symbol into his coat of arms, and the symbol of a lion has been used as a heraldic device ever since by the Scottish Kings. 

The Scottish lion is always shown, on the royal shield, as being Rampant, ie: shown standing erect on the hind legs with the head in profile and forelegs extended. 

There is a suggestion the Kings of Scotland kept a real lion when in residence at Stirling and Edinburgh castles. Both castles have a building within the walls known as " The Lions Den". 

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