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Royal Arms on the Tolbooth

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Royal Arms on the Tolbooth

The ancient royal arms of Scotland, from carved stone that was built into the wall above the exterior staircase of the old Tolbooth on Trongate. The stone was removed when the building was demolished, and transferred to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

By the end of the 15th century, two unicorns had become established as the supporters of the Scottish Royal Arms. In 1603 the crown of England passed to James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England. He took as supporters of his Royal Arms a crowned lion of England and one of his Scottish unicorns.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 941.435 REN

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

carved stones, coats of arms, heraldry, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Tolbooth, unicorns

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