Folklore Friday - The Curse of Scotland
The Curse of Scotland is a name given to the 9 of Diamonds Card. An expression used since the early 18th century, the story goes that on the eve of the Battle of Culloden, the Duke of Cumberland was playing cards with his senior staff. A young officer approached his table, asking him what the Duke's orders for battle were. The Duke ordered 'no quarter' to the Jacobites, which terrified the officer as he envisioned the bloodbath to come. He requested that the order be written down and in annoyance, the Duke grabbed a playing card and wrote down his order. The card the Duke wrote on was the 9 of Diamonds.
Another story tells of the Glencoe Massacre, where Sir John Dalrymple, the first Earl of Stair, ordered the massacre of the Glencoe MacDonalds. The massacre caused an outcry across Britain. The Stair coat of arms bears a striking resemblance to the 9 of Diamonds playing card and therefore gained it's name as the Curse of Scotland.