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CURSE OF SCOTLAND

Name given to the ♦9. The exact source of the name is a mystery. There have been various suggestions:


1. In the game Cornette, introduced to Scotland by the unfortunate Mary Queen of Scots, the 9 was the chief card.


2. ‘Butcher’ Cumberland wrote the orders for the Battle of Culloden (1746) on the card.


3. The order for the massacre at Glencoe was on the back of the card.


4. That it derives from the nine lozenges that formed the arms of the Earl of Star, whom Scots hated for his part in the massacre at Glencoe and the union with England.

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