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There are many reasons to be proud to be Scottish and given that we are a warm but self effacing nation, we should encourage and take every opportunity to show how proud we are of our identity.

Nemo me impune lacessit is the motto of the Order of the Thistle and of the three Scottish regiments of the British Army. Translated, it means “No one harms me without consequences”. According to legend, the phrase derives from the "guardian thistle" which played its part in the defence of the ancient realm of Scotland against a night attack by the Danes, one of whom let out a yell of pain when he stepped on a prickly thistle, thus alerting the Scottish defenders.

The meaning represented in this Latin phrase expresses the Scottish spirit which is both proud and self deprecating without fear and this is what creates the Scots’ unique charm of being tough, independent, strong and able to laugh at themselves.

Whether you choose to wear Saltire or Nemo me impune lacessit you will be expressing that you are proud to be Scottish.