Description: The Nine of Diamonds playing card is an unlucky card known as the 'Curse of Scotland'
Origin: Scotland, 17th Century or earlier
The Earl of Stair, Sir John Dalrymple, was said to have used the card as a coded message to trigger the Massacre at Glencoe in 1692 - the card was said to resemble his coat of arms. An order to give 'no quarter' to the Scots after the Battle of Culloden was also said to be scrawled on another Nine of Diamonds card by the Duke of Cumberland; and supposedly the death warrant for Mary Queen of Scots was written the back of the same playing card, although this last maybe stretches the story a bit a too far.
An alternative story is that the 'Curse of Scotland' was a tax levied on Scots to pay for nine diamonds stolen from the crown of Scotland.
UNLUCKY NINE OF DIAMONDS
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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