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Mackay Wilson dreaming about the legend of the Order of the Garter
Mackay Wilson dreaming about the legend of the Order of the Garter Mackay Wilson dreaming about the legend of the Order of the Garter Mackay Wilson dreaming about the legend of the Order of the Garter
Mackay Wilson dreaming about the legend of the Order of the Garter
 
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Wark Castle: The Garter Legend

The Order of the Garter is an honour presented by the monarch as a reward for loyalty and for military merit. Legend has it that the Order was created by Edward III when he famously retrieved the Countess of Salisbury's fallen garter at a ball and fixed it to his own leg with the words 'honi soit qui mal y pense' ('evil be to him who evil thinks').

The historian John Mackay Wilson in his Tales of the Borders claimed that this event took place at Wark Castle. Certainly the Salisbury family owned the castle but, sadly, there is no real evidence to suggest that this famous moment really did take place at Wark.

Find out more about the Order of the Garter and the origins of the Garter Legend, return to Wark Castle in the 14th and 15th centuries or to the home page.
 
PREHISTORIC BURIALROMAN PERIOD FARMANGLO-SAXON ROYAL PALACEMEDIEVAL VILLAGEMEDIEVAL CASTLEPOST-MEDIEVAL LEAD WORKINGTWENTIETH CENTURY COAL MINE