scottish lions

Got to see this regal dotwork lion healed & hairy out in the wild a couple weeks ago. This was a fun piece as Thom was open to changing up the traditional Scottish coat of arms a bit, so we went with more of an illustrative look. And of course I had to sneak a few dots in there while we were at it…

Extremely rare gold Unicorn of James III, struck in Edinburgh, Scotland c. 1484-88

The gold Unicorn was introduced during the latter part of his reign, although the king’s titles and name are absent from the coins of this issue, their place held by a repeated Latin legend, EXURGAT DEUS ET DISSIPENTUR INIMICI EIUS, translating to mean “Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered” (Psalm 68:1). Both the legend and the absence of the royal name may be explained, in part, because of the political rivalries of the day, for James as a young king (age 9 when coronated) exhibited immaturities which caused his alienation from the nobility who surrounded him. He was born during May of 1452. His mother, Mary of Gueldes, commanded his kingdom until she died in 1463. He was never popular among his subjects, and most of his nobles despised him as weak and disaffected. He was much alone. At age 18, he married Margaret of Denmark, through whose dowry Denmark ceded the Orkney and Shetland islands to Scotland.

Despite this marriage, he was effete and preferred his boyfriend, John Ramsey, to his wife, which enraged his nobles. He treated his brothers poorly and was incessantly threatened by Edward IV of England, who had allied himself with one of James’s brothers and invaded his land twice.  At age 36, he was either murdered or died at the end of a battle of rebellion led by his nobles, who had championed and then selected as monarch his eldest son, Prince James.

Impure as these players upon the royal stage may have been, James’s  Unicorn was nearly pure gold (22.5 ct) and in the next two reigns the coin became the principal gold issue, trusted and valued as being of high gold content. This piece was struck at Edinburgh, depicts the mythical beast supporting the royal shield showing a lion rampant on it, and a large annulet appears before the unicorn’s rear hooves. James Stewart may have been less than regal in real life but his golden Unicorn has continued to be one of the most prized of all Scottish coins.

More about Unicorn coins…

Quick PSA

It totally sucks that that pissmidget of a Cameron is back in Downing Street, but look at Scotland:

  • the SNP have taken 56 of 59 seats
  • let that sink in. 56 of 59. that has never been done before
  • they took the biggest labour and liberal strongholds with huge majorities
  • instead of career politicians most of the SNP members have had actual jobs, things like doctors and lawyers and quantity surveyors
  • both Jim Murphey and Danny Alexander lost their seats to huge majorities
  • at least (possible more than) HALF OF THE SNP MEMBERS ELECTED WHERE WOMEN

M-word Story:
So we had 3 shows this weekend and these stupid kids in the ensemble decided to say the m-word at least 50 times per show. During the first show we had:
•a girl crack her phone
•a girl lose part of her costume
•and a guy lost his voice
•the mics were not working
Second Day:
•guy’s voice is still gone
•another girl can’t find her pants
•main character can’t find one of her costumes
Third day:
•I forgot my hat
•a main character went on stage without pants
•the tech people didn’t open the mid-stage-traveler on time for 3 scenes

In conclusion: DO NOT SAY THE M-WORD

Hydra is going after Fitz

I think that, after seeing the stinger at the end and episode 10′s promo, we can safely assume that Hydra wants Fitz. 

Now, while I’m terrified for my little Scottish Lion, this presents a very interesting situation in terms of Fitzsimmons. 

Throughout this entire season, I’ve seen so many people begging to see Jemma fight for Fitz.  To have to struggle to be with him.  To throw herself in front of him like he’s been doing every damn episode since season 1.  And I think that this plot might open the way for that to happen.

Think about it, in the promo we see a shot of Ward followed quickly by a shot of Fitzsimmons.  I think it’s more than plausible that Fitz would willingly give himself up to Hydra in exchange for Jemma going free.  

So, he goes with them, leaving Jemma behind. 

And then what. 

Jemma is left alone at best freaking out because Fitz once again threw himself in harms way to save her.  Faced with the fact that he could very well die by Hydra’s hands, I want to see Jemma rise up and fight to get him back.  Fight not only for her best friend, but because she’s in love with him. 

Only with Bash at my side.MARY STUART

If I’m married to you, you will be my family. I’ll be in it for you, and only you.SEBASTIAN DE POITIERS

Hey guys! After a truly overwhelmingly great show of support from everyone, I’ve decided to make a network for all of us Mash shippers who love our bastard lion and Scottish queen!


 Must be following me, and if accepted to the network, must follow all members.
✦ Must be a Mash shipper/stan.
 Can be a multifandom blog, but Reign must be one of your fandoms.
REBLOG this post, please! Please don’t like and reblog it, as that’ll screw up my counter, and only reblogs will count as an entry.


 We’re a safe hate free place to fangirl/enjoy our otp and the beautiful show that is Reign!
✦ You’ll gain a few followers and hopefully some great/lasting friendships!
✦ You’ll get access to our totally rad groupchat and hilarious/sobbing livebloggings.
✦ We come with html/photoshop/writing help, etc etc!


 You must have your ask and submit open, and follow the network blog and all in it.
✦ You must have a link to the network anywhere on your blog. If you have trouble with it, just shoot me a message and I’d be happy to help!
 Be friendly to all existing and new members!
✦ I’ll send you a small form to fill out - just your name, some personal info, and what Reign character you’d like to represent you on our network page!


 This needs to get a decent amount of reblogs to get it off the ground!
✦ This network is not in any way exclusive or elite. Any and everyone who reblogs this will be up for entry into the network.
 I’d like to keep it at a decent size, but that all depends on how much interest this garners. 
✦ Please signal boost! I’ll be picking new members each week, probably on Thursdays or Fridays. 

leahandclark  asked:

What are some of your favourite tags from your posts about Iain? (I'm in need of a good laugh.)



God, Fitz in his sweaters is so cute. But suit and tie? 😍😍😍


#god i want him so much#like i would do things to this white boy i’ve never done before#nice dick#too hot (hot damn)

#uuggghhhh#his legs look sooo long#why is he so attractive#why did he happen to me#it’s not even the sharpest suit#and i’m over here practically drooling onto my laptop#get him away from me

#[rolls around on the floor making whale noises]

#jemma stares loudly

Fitz in a suit with glasses is my aesthetic.

#dear showrunners#to whatever awful wicked dear individual is in charge of Fitz Deportment#the frickin NERVE#you come into MY HOUSE#with your#‘Oh let’s put him in a suit’#‘and have him be all pleased with himself’#‘the lil shit’#‘oh and he’s all hot n panty so he’ll need to unbutton that’#'whilst smirking’#'nah it’s still missing something’#'how about some gl– GREAT GODDESS OF NILFS THAT’S IT’#'ROLL IT’#'let’s put it in the preview’#'it’ll be so great’#EXCUSE YOU#I HAD WORK TO DO#like real stuff ok#do you have any idea how much scientific progress was held back by these clips#you think you’re so clever#you’re probably pretty pleased with yourself#you frick#WELL YOU SHOULD BE#WHO ARE YOU#PLS IDENTIFY YOURSELF SO THAT WE MAY CROWN YOU#PATRON SAINT OF COUGARS#GOD BLESS (via badscienceshenanigans)

#WHAT IS THIS IM NOT STABLE WTF#take everything off and leave the glasses on

#i’m not okay i will never be okay again#i have lost aLL CHILL#A L L C H I L L#there’s scruff and shiny blue eyes and fucking GLASSES AND A TIE#you are the rudest human being on earth#i hate you i can’t handle this#leo fitz#agents of shield#TOO HOT#HOT DAMN

#i keep watching this#hoping he’ll go further#HERE FITZ LEMME HELP YOU WITH THAT#*takes off every bit of clothing*#*leaves the glasses on*#whispers: hand porn

#how? what? why? when?! omfg#fuck me#i just …fuck#this is it#where i cross the line from i need to keep him safe to i want to do things to him#JFC#i can’t#leo fitz#agents of shield


#the lord is testing me#i’m a good person i don’t deserve this#THIS KEPT ME UP TIL 4AM LAST NIGHT DO YOU /UNDERSTAND/#current love of my life#i live in a trash can made of iain de caestecker’s grey shirts bye

#hahagshajahsja I’m deaded#leo fitz#excUSE ME FITZ YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE MY BBY

#so fucking fine#i cant get over this#leo fitz#hot damn#this is what fantasies are made of#its like the aos writers were in my wet dreams#what

#christ on a bike this shit is still not ok

#i swear if jemma sees him like that he wont be wearing a suit for long#this outfit killed me im going on the floor now#or in the trashcan#im joining idc in the trashcan ok

#i will probably get over it at some point#right?#RIGHT??#WTF WHO AM I KIDDING OF COURSE I WILL NEVER GET OVER IT#JUST LOOK AT HIM#HE HAS THE SCRUFF THE GLASSES THE SUIT AND THE TIE#HOW ON EARTH AM I SUPPOSE TO RESIST#i swear i’ve staring at this gifset for far too long#i can’t stop#SOMEONE STOP ME#jfc iain the things i would do to you right now#TOO HOT? HOT DAMN#leo fitz#fav character: do your worst#brave badass scottish lion cub#HE’S GONNA MAKE THE FINEST HUSBAND AMARIGHT JEMMA??#I’M DEAD BYE


#sprays jemma with water


#also @aos fandom thirst: chill