Monday, 3 November 2014

Honour & the Order Of the Thistle

In Scotland, the highest honour one can receive is The Order of the Thistle.  Second only to the Order of the Garter, which is illustrative of Scotland's highest honour.  Honouring Scottish women & men, The Order is given to those who have contributed in a particular way to national life, or those whom have held public office.  St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, who also appears on the Order's badge.  The Order's breast star subsists of a silver saltire (like the shape of the X in Roman type) with a pointed ray betwixt each of the arms of the cross.  The Order's motto 'Nemo me impune lacessit' (No one harms me with impunity) is at the center of a gold medallion contained in an enamelled image of the thistle; ringed by a green border.

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