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A highly attractive Sterling Silver Pendant with a design based on the unique Luckenbooth. The symbolic design consists of the interlocking hearts surmounted by the crown of Mary Queen of Scots, the Luckenbooth was traditionally exchanged between lovers. A beautiful story behind a stunning piece of jewellery.
It also features the Scottish Thistle, representing the Stuarts’ claim to the Scottish throne. A thistle surmounted by a crown was an ancient badge of Scotland. The Scottish Thistle was used as a secret symbol by Jacobites and is the national emblem of Scotland.
Crafted entirely of 925 Sterling Silver, and shipped to you direct from Scotland, complete in a quality black and gold jewellery presentation box.
It will delight lovers of all things Scottish, and the unique and turbulent history of our small country. It will also make an ideal gift, and a lasting momento, for yourself or someone you love.
Size (approx) 15.0 mm x 28.0 mm.
A short history of the Jacobites
For over 300 years the story of the Jacobites has fascinated people. and has been the subject of books by many famous authors, including Sir Walter Scott and more recently Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series of historical novels.
The aim of the Jacobites was to restore the Roman Catholic Stuart King James VII of Scotland (II of England and Ireland) and his heirs to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland.
They get their name from ‘Jacobus’, the Latin form of James. Jacobites rebelled against the British government on five occasions between 1688 and 1746, the last ending in the crushing defeat at Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s flight to France.
The House of Stuart was a dynasty that was riven by in-fighting and plots, with the most damaging split being religious – Catholic against Protestant. By the late 1600s the populations of both England & Scotland were overwhelmingly Protestant, with only about 2% being practicing Catholics. The situation in the sparsely populated Highlands of Scotland was however different, with some Clans sticking to the old form of Catholic worship, whilst others were as passionately Protestant.
When the Catholic James VII & II succeeded the throne in 1685 from his late Protestant brother Charles II, he attempted to make changes to the religious order, causing social turmoil. He was eventually deposed in 1688 and replaced by his Protestant daughter Mary II, ruling jointly with her husband and first cousin (James's nephew) William III.
The Jacobite movement was, therefore, closely linked with Catholicism from the outset, and subsequently never supported by the majority of the population. Historians today generally accept that the Jacobite kings and princes were largely pawns, used by France to create diversions in a much wider European war they were fighting with the British.
Following the defeat at Culloden many Jacobites went into exile abroad, with those who stayed at home using secret symbols and emblems, such as a White Rose, Butterfly, Acorn & Oak Leaves and the Scottish Thistle as a clandestine way of showing their allegiance.
A brief history of the Luckenbooth
The 'Luckenbooth' dates back many centuries in Scotland.
They gained popularity during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century and still hold a significant meaning today.
'Luckenbooths' are said to be so called as they were first sold from "locked booths" in Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Traditionally, they were exchanged between lovers on their betrothal, and subsequently pinned to their first child’s christening shawl to protect them from evil spirits.
These heart-shaped designs, surmounted by the crown of Mary Queen of Scots, and often decorated with the Scottish Thistle, are one of the most romantic artefacts from Scotland's rich history, resulting in their enduring appeal.
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