'This house belongs to an old man who has only ever left the island once – to go to war. And each time I pass his house on my way home to Edinburgh I think about how much I want to stay. And how one day I just might.'
The Royal Arms of Scotland, Sovereign's stall in the Thistle Chapel of St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. The motto, in Scots, appears above the crest, in the tradition of Scottish heraldry, and is an abbreviated form of the full motto: God Me Defend.