The Scottish Thistle

The Scottish Thistle is the oldest recorded 'National Flower' and is probably one of the most well-known and easily recognised symbols of Scotland.
A humble weed might seem an odd symbolic choice, but really what could be better than a native-born plant which is as bold as it is beautiful?
One of the best-known thistle legends takes place in the 13th century during a surprise invasion by the soldiers of the Norse king, Haakon, at Largs (one of western Scotland's coastal towns).
After coming ashore, the Viking invaders planned to creep up on the Scots and slaughter them whilst they slept. However, the amount of stealth required that they go barefoot and this proved to be their undoing.
Unfortunately for these unwary invaders, one of their soldiers bare feet came down hard on a Scottish thistle and his cries of shock and pain were enough to wake the sleeping Scots.
Leaping to their feet, the clansmen charged into battle and the rest, as they say, is history as the fiery Scots fought off the Norse sneaks and were victorious.
Legend has it that because of the heroic role the plant played in the outcome of the battle, the thistle was immediately chosen as a national emblem.

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This Scottish Thistle design is pictured with a frayed layer of matching Wallace tartan.

This Scottish Thistle design is pictured with a frayed layer of matching Wallace tartan.

MoNkA tee shirts consist of amazing original full colour designs printed onto luxurious velvet patches. These patches are then sewn onto a fabric background of your choice.

You can choose from frayed layers of black fabric, matching tartan or even mixed tartan. You can have double layers to create more depth or shaped fabric to create a truly stunning tee shirt.


MoNkA tee shirts are hand crafted in the Scottish Highlands and are made to order so don't expect same day dispatch.

We expect to have your order ready and shipped to you within seven working days.

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The Scottish Thistle deluxe tee shirt

From £20 plus P&P