Scottish Royal Regalia, the Crown Jewels of Scotland

Scotland crown jewels, scottish royal regalia

Remember that with the death of Queen Elizabeth I, King James of Scotland acceded to the English throne, uniting the two kingdoms. Therefore the panoply of the Scottish monarchy exists in a form separate from the English Crown Jewels. There are to be seen in Edinburgh Castle

  • The Crown
  • It is not known exactly how old this crown is. it was remodelled by James V in 1540.
    It is accepted that it is made from Scottish gold from the Crawford Moor mine, actively worked at this time. And it is believed that the craftsmanship is French
    • The Sceptre
    A gift from the Pope to James IV in 1494. It too was remodelled by James V, who seemed to have liked jewellery, who even added his initials to the sceptre.
    The globe of the sceptre is a cut and polished rock crystal, with a Scottish pearl on top
    • The Sword of State
    Another gift from another pope to James IV in 1507. A fine example of craftsmanship, it came complete with swordbelt and a consecrated hat. The blade of the sword is a metre long

    Following the Treaty of Union in 1707, the ancient crown jewels of Scotland "disappeared for a century, nobody knew what had happened to them. Rumours circulated that the English had removed them to London. In 1818 Sir Walter Scott obtained permission from the Prince Regent (later George IV) to search Edinburgh castle for the Royal Scottish regalia. The searchers eventually found them locked in an oak chest, covered with linen cloths, exactly as they had been left in 1707.

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