The Star of the Order of the Thistle

The Most Ancient and the Most Noble Order of the Thistle was instituted in 1687 although some authorities date it as far back as 787AD. The Order fell into abeyance after the abdication of James II. When it was revived in 1703 by Queen Anne there were eight holders plus the British Sovereign. She increased the number of knights to 12, one of whom was William Kerr, 2nd Marquess of Lothian KT who became Colonel of the regiment in 1707. In 1827 the number of knights was increased to 16 distinguished Scotsmen, who must be Christian, making it the most exclusive Order in the world. Those awarded have the initials KT after their name.

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by Stephen Luscombe