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Your clan mottos can also be used as Scottish wedding traditions.
The Saltire, or St. Andrew’s Flag Legend has it that Andrew, brother of Simon Peter, refused to be crucified on a cross like Jesus, feeling he was not worthy to receive the same treatment as his Lord. So he was crucified upside down on an ‘X’ cross.
In 370 A.D., some of Andrew’s remains were stolen from Constantinople by St. Rule and taken to the ‘ends of the earth’ for safe keeping. He buried them in a Pictish settlement on the east coast of Scotland. This settlement became known as St. Andrews.
In 832 A.D., the Picts, under Angus MacFergus, were fighting the Northumbrians of England. Legend says an ‘X’ cross appeared in the sky, encouraging the Picts and scaring the Northumbrians away.
On the Saltire, the field is blue with a white ‘X’ cross.The azure blue symbolizes the sky, the white is St. Andrew's cross. The King, Angus MacFergus, adopted this symbol as a national emblem.
The Saltire at Tiree courtesy of Flickr.com,
Alexander Boden photographer
From that time onward, the Saltire, or St. Andrew’s flag, has been the national flag of the Scots. It was also worn on the tunics and bonnets of Scottish soldiers as a way to identify one another on the battlefield.
Today the Saltire is believed to be the oldest national flag still in use. Many of the kilt rental companies also rent the Saltire, making it easy and economical to include it in your Scottish wedding symbols as traditions in your Scottish theme wedding.
Scottish Thistle This has been a symbol of Scotland since the 1500’s. There are two stories about how the Scots came to revere the thistle.
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One version is that during the Viking invasions, an attacker stepped on a thistle and cried out, thus awakening the Scots and saving the day.
The second version tells of the English army advancing upon a Scottish castle at night. Unknowingly, the soldiers took a route through a stand of dried thistle. The rattling of the dried heads and leaves alerted the castle…
The Scottish King Kenneth III gratefully adopted the thistle as his nation’s emblem.
Even though it is prickly, many wedding traditions have arisen around the thistle. Sometimes fresh flowers are used, but silk ones are now available. Motifs of the thistle can be seen on napkins, invitations, and cakes as Scottish wedding symbols.