Picture and some commentary courtesy of Davy Tolmie on the Scottish & Proud facebook group
The Honours of Scotland, the Royal Regalia
The Scottish royal regalia, the Honours, consist of a crown, a broadsword, a scabbard and a scepter—like the Stone of Destiny, they too fall into the category of “things mysterious.” For reasons to be explained shortly, unlike the Stone of Destiny, the Honours are no longer used today. The Honours were first used in the coronation of the nine-month-old Mary “Queen of Scots” in 1543. The crown was last worn at the coronation of Charles II at Scone in 1651. According to Scotland’s National Tourism Board: “The Sceptre of Scotland and the Sword of State were both gifts given to James IV by the Papacy, the sceptre in 1494 and the sword in 1507. The original silver-gilt sceptre was restyled and lengthened in 1536 to its present design, which has a polished rock globe atop a finial featuring various religious figures. The sword is 4.5 feet (1.4 m) in length with an elaborately decorated silver gilt handle and etched blade. It is accompanied by a wooden scabbard covered in velvet and silver and a woven silk and gold thread belt. The Crown of Scotland was refashioned in 1540 from an earlier crown for James V. The base circlet is made from Scottish gold and encrusted with 22 gemstones and 20 precious stones taken from the previous crown; freshwater pearls from Scotland’s rivers were also used.”
Read more on “The Honours” at lonk below, a remarkable story of how they survived through the years to eventually end up displayed in Edinburgh after Sir Walter Scott’s efforts in 1818.
I write about the coronation of Charles II at Scone in 1651 in my novel DARK DESTINY.
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