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Royal Standards of Scotland

Last modified: 2012-01-21 by rob raeside
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Introduction

Curiously, of the equal parts of the United Kingdom, it's much easier to find information on the Southern part, than on the Northern part. The following summarizes information from elsewhere on FOTW

Malcolm IV (1153-1165) and earlier

Assuming the son of Malcolm IV, William the Lion, was the first to use the Lion rampant as the Royal arms, then Malcolm must still have been using the previous standard, the Dragon standard.
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg, 23 April 2002 


William the Lion (1165-1214)

William the Lion is generally credited with adopting the Lion rampant arms. The lion is apparently referred to as the "Lion of Bravery" or "Lion of Justice", without further explanation of these titles. Explanations for the arms themselves exist; apparently all focusing on the lion, where the unusual aspect of the arms is the amount of detail introduced by the double tressure flory-counter-flory.
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg, 23 April 2002 


Alexander II (1214-1249), Alexander III (1249-1286)

Alexander II is the first Scottish king known to use the Lion rampant arms, as a seal, in 1222. We do mention that the lion rampant often occurs in the arms of the Scottish nobility, but not whether this includes the specific tressure, nor whether this can be through relations with the crown.
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg, 23 April 2002 


James VI (1567-1603 ...)

The Arms of Scotland: or, a lion rampant gules armed and langued azure surrounded by a double tressure flory-counter-flory gules. Whether this was used as a Royal standard at the time is not clear.
Peter Hans van der Muijzenberg, 23 April 2002 


Continuing to: Royal Standards after the Union of the Crowns


 
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