The Beginnings of the Scotish Thistle

Scottish Thistle Scotland adopted the thistle during the rein of Alexander III (1249 -1286)Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removedtheir footwear.As they drew nearer one of Haakon's men stood on one of these spiny little devils and the and the defenders cried out in pain which of course alerted the Clan [...]  Read more >

A History Of Pewter

Due to the lack of written chronicles in the period known as the Dark Ages, there is a veil over the inception and history of Pewter manufacture and usage in Europe. However, we know that by the 14th Century AD, Pewter was being widely used in place of wood and pottery for tableware and other household purposes. The composition of early Roman Pewter ware was variable to say the least, and it commonly contained as much as 20% to 30% of Lead. There are, however, serious problems when using objects with a hig [...]  Read more >
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