By Peter Galloway
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle was
instituted by King James VII (of Scotland) and II (of England) in
1687 to recognize the loyalty of those who governed Scotland in his
name. From those early years and through eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries, when political allegiance was often foremost in the
selection of a knight, the Order of the Thistle has matured into an
honour that recognizes Scots men and women of outstanding
reputation and pre-eminent service, both in Scotland and on the
This history of the Order is the
result of years of careful research, and disposes of many of the
myths surrounding its origins. The author traces the history,
development and progress of Scotland's national order of knighthood
and the changing face of political life in Scotland from the
seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, and illuminates it by
reference to the many colourful and sometimes eccentric
personalities that have featured in its life and contributed to its
reputation. This book is the first full account of the history of
this great Scottish Order, its insignia and its members.
Spink, 2010. Quarto, pp. xx, 466.
Casebound in cloth, gilt, paper jacket. 45 beautiful colour plates.
Foreword by Prince Philip.
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