Writing from Scotland

This is not a post about our darling cat, Tilly, who as far as we are concerned is THE cat of Aberdeen.  This isn’t actually a post about real cats at all, but about symbolic ones.  Cats, and leopards in particular, are an important part of the iconography of Aberdeen.  Let me try to explain:

Here is a cast-iron version of the city crest that graces one of the older squares of the city.  As you can see, there are two leopards holding a shield.  Apparently, James I of Scotland granted the (symbolic) leopards to the city of Aberdeen because the city underwrote his expenses while he was in exile in England in the early 15th century (R M Urquhart, Scottish Burgh and County Heraldry, London, 1973, via Wikipedia).

The local history magazine is called The Leopard, the shopper’s creche is called “Leaping Leopards” and one of the…

View original post 104 more words

Advertisements