Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Thistle Orderofthe

Thistle, ORDER OF THE, or OF ST. ANDREW, was instituted by James II. in 1687, and revived by Anne in 1703. The number of knights, originally twelve, was increased to sixteen in 1827. The thistle had been the national badge of Scotland since the reign of James III., and on coins of James VI. (I. of England) is accompanied by the words Nemo me impune lacesset. In the motto of the Order lacessit has been substituted for lacesset.