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Scotland Forever! The Royal Standard of Scotland Symbol
by: Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

Good Morning!

What a fantastic piece to have discovered buried in your backyard! How exciting! How you discovered, what looks to be an old gold signet ring, reminded me of the story of an Austrian treasure found buried in the back yard in Austria.

Unfortunately I can't see the marks, (close-ups are needed to research further) however the "Lion Rampant" on the front of the ring, is the Royal Standard of Scotland. Also known as the Banner of the King of Scots, it is one of Scotland's most recognizable symbols.

Although now officially restricted to use by representatives of the Sovereign and at royal residences.

An earlier recorded Scottish royal standard featured a Dragon, which was used at the Battle of the Standard in 1138 by David I (1124?1153).
Reference:Strong, John; Tatlock, Perry (1950). The legendary history of Britain: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and its early vernacular versions. University of California Press. p. 329.



Coheartedly,
Yvonne



Further References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Standard_of_Scotland#cite_note-13

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4157274.stm


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