The Thistle

Scotland's National Emblem
How did such a thorny flower become a national emblem ?

The story goes that long time ago when the Vikings were invading Scotland, a group of Scottish fighting men were resting overnight in a field.  Unknown to them, a raiding party was preparing to attack the Scots, under cover of darkness.   As the attacking Vikings approached the encamped Scots, they stood on a patch of Thistles with their barefeet and, of course, let out cries of pain as the thorns dug deep into the soles and toes. The Scots, having been awakened by this racket, were able to fight off the attackers.

So, from that day , the Thistle has been adopted as Scotland ' s National Emblem

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