Christine O'Keeffe's Scottish Legends
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[Thistle Picture]The Order of the Thistle consists of the Sovereign of Scotland and twelve Knights. The Knights wear pearl stockings, white shoes, breeches and doublets of silver and green ribbons, surcoat of purple velvet, gold belt, black velvet cap with a white feather, and mantle of green velvet.

The collar is a diamond cross of St. Andrew with thistles and rue. The arms are a purple tartan, unicorn, and cross. In 1488 there is a reference to the Scottish Queen’s ‘covering of variand purpir tartar, browdin with thrissillis and a unicorne. ’(1)

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