Unicorn From King James V Heraldic Panel in Edinburgh, Scotland - Encircle Photos

16 Unicorn From King James V Heraldic Panel in Edinburgh, Scotland

William I, also known as William the Lion, was the first King of the Scots to use a unicorn as part of his coat of arms during the 12th century. It still is Scotland’s national animal. In Celtic mythology, this fictitious horse with a spiral horn represents purity and innocence plus rule by harmony. This heraldic panel is attached to a walled-in gatehouse at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the royal arms of James V, the king who commissioned the palace in the early 16th century.

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Abbey Strand, Edinburgh EH8 8DU, UK

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