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The unicorn is the official national animal of Scotland this famous mythological creature dates back many centuries. It is a symbol of purity, innocence and power in Celtic mythology.
The unicorn was first introduced to the royal coat of arms of Scotland around the mid-1500s. In Mary, Queen of Scots’ time, the Royal Scottish coat of arms was supported by two unicorns. When Mary's son succeeded Elizabeth I as James I of England in 1603, in a display of unity between the two countries, he used the national animals of both Scotland and England, the unicorn and the lion.
Part of the Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens exhibition range.
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Brand: British Library
Dimensions: Approx. 25mm