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Donald MacInnes of Cumbernauld

Part of the answer became apparent, when, forty years after publication; Sir Thomas revised Frank Adams textbook "The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands" in For a explanation we have to go back to the nineteen thirties and take a look at a rather obscure article that appeared in the March edition of "Scottish Questions and Queries".

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Sir Thomas Innes of Learney wrote the paper. In this article he criticised Frank Adam for his assertion in the publication that the Thistle and Bee and the motto E Labore Dulcedo were MacInnesian and that these same items, without doubt, belonged to the Inneses of Morayshire. Further, Sir Thomas maintained that both the motto of E Labore Dulcedo and the Thistle and Bee Crest had been registered by various branches of the Inneses at the Court of the Lord Lyon - one registration as early as the seventeenth century.

When Sir Thomas was appointed Lord Lyon, King of Arms, he sought to rectify the error - as he saw it - in motto and heraldic symbol - hence the changes in the later publications. The inference was that McIan and Logan had made a mistake in They had used the Arms of the Inneses for MacInnes and subsequent writers had continued to endorse this error until Sir Thomas intervention.

The Thistle & Bee Crest

Did they just get it wrong? The text of The Clans of the Scottish Highlands of makes it crystal clear that Logan and McIan were very much aware of the difference and danger of confusion between the MacInneses and Inneses. From Scotland was under assault by wave upon wave of vicious Vikings. For hundreds of years much of Scotland was part of the Kingdom of Norway. Even after Norway became christianised the attacks continued.

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Not until were the Western Isles returned to Scottish rule. The thought of relieving King Alexander of some of his riches and territories appears to have re-kindled Norse interest in Scotland.

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Late in the summer of King Haakon of Norway, now intent on conquering the Scots, set off with a sizeable fleet of longships for the Scottish coast. Gales and fierce storms forced some of the ships onto the beach at Largs in Ayrshire, and a Norwegian force was landed.

Voice of Thistle feat. Mathew McKelvie - Highland Cathedral

Legend has it that at some point during the invasion the Norsemen tried to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more stealthily under the cover of darkness the Norsemen removed their footwear.

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His shout warned the Scots who defeated the Norsemen at the Battle of Largs, thus saving Scotland from invasion. Haakon died returning to Norway, a treaty returned the Hebrides to Scottish rule, and a marriage contract wedded Scotland and Norway.

The Queen wears the robes of the Order of the Thistle at the service in St. Another version of this legend attributes the legendary King Achius with the appropriation of the thistle. This King is said to have founded the Order of the Thistle in the ninth century, limiting the number of Knights to 13, including himself.

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