Scottish Sceptre


The Sceptre of Scotland

Scottish sceptre

A little bit of history

The sceptre of Scotland was a gift from Pope Alexander VI to King James IV in 1494, and was remodelled and relengthened in 1536.  It was made of silver gilt and topped by a finial with polished rock and a Scottish pearl.  The Sceptre includes Christian symbols: stylised dolphons, which are a symbol of the Church – appear on the head of the rod, also images of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus,  Saint James the Great and also St Andrew holding a salrire.