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In 1687, King James II created a new Scottish order of knighthood. He instituted, the Order of the Thistle. However, long before this the Scottish kings had used the thistle as a heraldic device. Many people incorrectly assume that the cotton thistle (Onopordum acanthium) is the heraldic emblem, as it is often referred to as the Scottish thistle. The thistle that had become recognised as the true Scottish emblem by 1503, was in fact, the spear thistle.