Banner, known as Thrissels Banner

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Banner, known as Thrissels Banner

This printed satin banner, known as the 'Thrissels Banner', dates from 1640. The text on the banner was written by Thomas Cunynghame. It expresses opposition to the Crown and to the contemporary policy of religious anglicization.

On the left is the 'staff' of the banner, shown as a sword with a crowned thistle and bible at either end.

The 'Thrissels Banner' is an example of contemporary religious propaganda. In the early 17th century, a religious propaganda war was conducted in Scotland, made possible by the invention of printing, which was introduced to Scotland in the 16th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-407-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1943.346
Date: 1640
Material: White satin
Dimensions: 410 mm H x 290 mm W
What: Banner
Subject: European Costume : textiles
Who: Covenanters
Thomas Cunynhame (Maker)
Where: Scotland
Event: International Exhibition 1901
Description: The Thrissels Banner, made of printed white satin, showing the 'staff' of the banner as a sword with a crowned thistle and bible at either end: Scottish, by Thomas Cunynghame, 1640
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