today i learned – mon 4th mar 2019

if i asked you to guess the official animal of various countries, you could probably get them right. i don’t think you’d ever get scotland’s though πŸ˜‚

#tdil the official animal of scotland is the unicorn! πŸ¦„

first of all, let’s just address the fact that scotland’s official animal doesn’t actually exist πŸ˜… … it’s because the scots have a very long history of loving the unicorn!

it dates back all the way to the 12th century 😳 originally appearing on the scottish coat of arms.

in celtic mythology, the unicorn πŸ¦„ symbolises a whole range of things … like, literally everything πŸ™ˆ here’s the list: innocence, purity, healing powers, life, masculinity and power πŸ™ŒπŸ»

once again saving the day … unicorns were also a big part of the unification of england and scotland πŸ‘πŸ» you see, once king james vi came into power, uniting the two countries, he replaced one of the two unicorns on the scottish royal arms with the english lion.

considering the lion and the unicorn πŸ¦„πŸ¦ were always made out to be enemies, this symbolism of both coming together was pretty powerful 😏

if i’m totally honest, when you consider the stereotypical scottish person (bear with me) it seems pretty mad that their official animal is the unicorn?! you’d have thought it would be a bear or something πŸ™ˆ

on that note, it’s time to go to bed 😴 i really hope that you found it darn interesting 😏

much love 😘 #tdil


i don’t think we’ve had any other unicorn based facts on the blog yet πŸ€” pretty fun πŸ™ŒπŸ» if you feel like learning more goodness, just go ->here<-

(image time! license for the first image is ->here<- and the second image/header is ->here<-)

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