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    Discovering Scottish Unicorns: Dunfermline

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    Abbot House Unicorn in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland © Scotiana 2015

    In every form or shape, the unicorn has always fascinated me and thus, I have gathered many collectables over the years, be it stamps, figurines, book covers, illustrations, postcards, photos…you name it!

    So, it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to share with you some of my findings throughout my numerous quests and more particularly of the Scottish related ones.

    At the same time, I’ll will tell you some stories on the whereabouts of discovering such lovely places that we visited during our many trips to the beautiful and mysterious Scotland.

    This picture of a white unicorn was taken in the garden of Abbott House, in Dunfermline (Fife) where we enjoyed a delicious lunch composed of home made soup and scones. Hot tea was very welcomed as the wind was blowing hard and the air was quite cold.

    Dunfermline Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important cultural sites and our visit there proved quite fascinating: the large stone lettering on top of the tower, Robert The Bruce’s magnificent grave and the pulpit in the Abbey church, the massive decorated pillars and the ruins of the nearby Abbey and castle.

    Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_KingdomThe Unicorn was adopted as Scotland’s national animal by King Robert in the late 1300s. They are, properly speaking, heraldic supporters appearing in the full Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The lion stands for England and the unicorn for Scotland. The combination therefore dates back to the 1603 accession of James I of England who was already James VI of Scotland. By extension, they have also been used in the Coat of Arms of Canada since 1921. Wikipedia.

     

    Above: Tour Scotland’s video of the Unicorn Statue outside the Abbot House.

    Dunfermline Scots: Dunfaurlin, Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phàrlain is a town and former Royal Burgh in Fife, Scotland, on high ground. 3 miles (4.8 km) from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth.

    Stay tuned for more!

    Janice

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