Order of the Thistle

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The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is an order of chivalry associated with Scotland.wikipedia
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Nemo me impune lacessit

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The motto is Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin for "No one provokes me with impunity").
It is the adopted motto of the Order of the Thistle and of three Scottish regiments of the British Army.

Order of St Patrick

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In 1783 an Irish equivalent, The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, was founded, but has now fallen dormant.
The Scottish equivalent is The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, dating in its modern form to 1687.

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

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Only eight members out of a possible twelve were appointed; these included Catholics, such as Melfort and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, his elder brother James, 4th Earl and 1st Jacobite Duke of Perth, plus Protestant supporters like the Earl of Arran.
James Drummond, 1st Duke of Perth KT PC (1648 – 11 May 1716), also 4th Earl of Perth and 7th Lord Drummond, was a Scottish statesman, and Jacobite.

John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl

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John, Marquis of Atholl; reconciled with new regime in 1689, died 1703,
John Murray, 1st Marquess of Atholl, KT (2 May 1631 – 6 May 1703) was a leading Scottish royalist and defender of the Stuarts during the English Civil War of the 1640s, until after the rise to power of William and Mary in 1689.

George Gordon, 1st Duke of Gordon

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George, Duke of Gordon; exiled in 1689 but returned home and pardoned, included in the 1703 revival by Anne, died 1716;
George Gordon, 1st Duke of Gordon KT, PC (1643 – 7 December 1716), known as Marquess of Huntly from 1661 to 1684, was a Scottish peer.

Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom

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The same motto appears on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland and some pound coins, and is also the motto of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots Guards, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
The coat also features both the motto Nemo me impune lacessit (No one wounds (touches) me with impunity) and, surrounding the shield, the collar of the Order of the Thistle.

Kenneth Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Seaforth

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Kenneth, Earl of Seaforth; imprisoned after 1688, released in 1696 and moved to Paris, died 1701;
Kenneth Mackenzie, 4th Earl of Seaforth, KT, PC (S) (bapt. 8 December 1661 – January 1701) was a Scottish peer and Jacobite supporter, known as Lord Mackenzie of Kintail from birth until 1678.

George Douglas, 1st Earl of Dumbarton

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George, Earl of Dumbarton; went into exile with James in 1688, died in France 1692;
Major-General George Douglas, Earl of Dumbarton and Lord of Ettrick KT (1635 – 20 March 1692) was a Scottish professional soldier, who spent much of his career in the service of Louis XIV.

Order of the Garter

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Its equivalent in England, The Most Noble Order of the Garter, is the oldest documented order of chivalry in the United Kingdom, dating to the middle fourteenth century.
In 1946, with the agreement of the Prime Minister Clement Attlee and the Leader of the Opposition Winston Churchill, membership of the United Kingdom's highest ranking orders of chivalry (the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle and the dormant Order of St. Patrick) became a personal gift of the Sovereign once again.

Alexander Stuart, 5th Earl of Moray

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Alexander, Earl of Moray; lost office after 1688, died at home 1701;
Alexander Stuart, 5th Earl of Moray KT (8 May 1634 – 1 November 1701), was a Scottish nobleman who remained loyal to Roman Catholic James VII of Scotland (James II of England).

Thistle

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The Order's primary emblem is the thistle, the national flower of Scotland.
It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland.

Royal Regiment of Scotland

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The same motto appears on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland and some pound coins, and is also the motto of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots Guards, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
The regiment's motto is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No One Assails Me With Impunity)—which is the motto of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's highest order of chivalry, and was also the motto of four of the pre-existing Scottish regiments.

John Erskine, Earl of Mar (1675–1732)

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The only individual to have suffered such a fate was John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar who lost both the knighthood and the earldom after participating in the Jacobite rising of 1715.
John Erskine, Earl of Mar, KT (1675May 1732) was a Scottish Jacobite who was the eldest son of Charles, Earl of Mar (who died in 1689), from whom he inherited estates that were heavily loaded with debt.

Dean of the Thistle

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The Order has five officers: the Dean, the Chancellor, the Usher, the Lord Lyon King of Arms and the Secretary.
The Dean of the Thistle is an office of the Order of the Thistle, re-established in 1687.

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

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The same motto appears on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland and some pound coins, and is also the motto of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots Guards, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
The regimental motto is Nemo Me Impune Lacessit (No one provokes me with impunity), also the motto of the Order of the Thistle, to which it refers.

Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle

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The Order has five officers: the Dean, the Chancellor, the Usher, the Lord Lyon King of Arms and the Secretary.
The Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle is an office of the Order of the Thistle, established in 1687.

John Drummond, 1st Earl of Melfort

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His intention was to reward Scottish Catholics for their loyalty but the initiative actually came from John, 1st Earl and 1st Jacobite Duke of Melfort, then Secretary of State for Scotland.
He was also the driving force behind the Order of the Thistle, a body intended to reward James' Scottish supporters, whose members included Catholics like Melfort, his elder brother the Earl of Perth, the Earl of Dumbarton, plus Protestant like the Earl of Arran.

James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk

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One unusual recipient of the Order of the Thistle was James, Earl of Southesk (1827-1905).
James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk KT (16 November 1827 – 21 February 1905) was a Scottish nobleman, explorer and poet.

James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton

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James, Earl of Arran; confirmed in his titles by William III in 1698, heavily involved in the disastrous Darien Scheme, abstained from the vote passing the 1707 Acts of Union, killed in a famous duel with Lord Mohun, 1712;
Arran was in the first cohort of James VII's royal Order of the Thistle in 1687, and following the deposition of James, Arran refused to join the party of the Prince of Orange, indeed he was imprisoned twice in the Tower of London, suspected of intrigues, but was released without charge.

Collar day

However, on certain collar days designated by the Sovereign, members attending formal events may wear the Order's collar over their military uniform, formal wear, or other costume.
Collars are worn by members of the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle; and Knights Grand Cross of other orders.

Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod

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The Order has five officers: the Dean, the Chancellor, the Usher, the Lord Lyon King of Arms and the Secretary.
The Gentleman Usher of the Green Rod is the Gentleman Usher to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, established in 1687.

Baronet

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When an individual is entitled to use multiple post-nominal letters, "KT" or "LT" appears before all others, except "Bt" or "Btss" (Baronet or Baronetess), "VC" (Victoria Cross), "GC" (George Cross) and "KG" or "LG" (Knight or Lady of the Garter).
A baronet is addressed as "Sir" (just as is a knight) or "Dame" in the case of a baronetess but ranks above all knighthoods and damehoods in the order of precedence, except for the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle, and the dormant Order of St Patrick.

John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll

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The first to resign from the Order of the Thistle was John, Duke of Argyll in 1710; the last to take such an action was Thomas, Earl of Zetland in 1872.
He was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Thistle later that year.

Olav V of Norway

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King Olav V of Norway, the first foreigner to be admitted to the Order, was also admitted by special statute in 1962.
Great Britain Knight of the Thistle

List of Knights and Ladies of the Thistle

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List of Knights and Ladies of the Thistle (1687–present)
The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle was founded in 1687.