The Scottish known for their adoration of myths and legends: ghosts, witches, magic, water monsters, and more fairy folk.
The magical unicorn is perhaps their most beloved, particularly because it’s the country’s national animal.
In Celtic mythology, the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power.
Tales of dominance and chivalry associated with the unicorn may be why it was chosen as Scotland’s national animal.
The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, gold coins even appeared with the unicorn on them.
The unicorn representing Scotland in the coat of arms is always depicted bounded by a golden chain, which is often seen passing around its neck and wrapping all around its body.
The unicorn was believed to be the strongest of all animals – wild and untamed, and that it could only be humbled by a maiden.
It is possible that the entrapment symbolises the power of the Scottish kings – they were strong enough to tame even a unicorn.
Some of Scotland’s most important historic buildings and statues feature the unicorn.
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