First printed 1975
The courts and jokers in this deck are linocut print portraits of historical Scottish figures. The linocut prints were commissioned from Willie Rodger by The Stirling Gallery of Scotland. The cards were conceived by Angus Ogilvy, and first printed, in 1975. Willie Rodger is Scotland’s foremost Linocut printmaker and his work is widely represented in Scottish and British Art Galleries and museums.
This particular deck is a reprint by Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd. Unfortunately I don't know the date. The deck includes 2 jokers, a Bridge card and a leaflet with information on the portraits.
The 2 jokers depict John Knox(1505-1572) & Adam Smith (1723-1790).
King - Macbeth (1034-1058)
Queen - Lady MacBeth (Queen Gruoch)
Jack - Malcolm Canmore (1058-1093)
King - James VI (1567-1625)
Queen - Mary, Queen of Scots (1547-1567)
Jack - Prince Charles Edward (1721- 1788)
King - William of Orange (1689-1702)
Queen - Mary, Wife of William of Orange
Jack - Cumberland (1721-1765)
King - Alexander II (1249-1285)
Queen - Margaret, Maid of Norway (1283-1290)
Jack - Robert the Bruce
The Nine of Diamonds has an outlined pip since the card was known as the "Curse of Scotland". Many theories exist on why this is so and here are 2 of the most popular:
- In the game of Pope Joan this card is called the Pope, enemy of the Scottish reformers.
- In the game Cornette, introduced into Scotland by Mary of Lorraine (or maybe James, Duke of York), this was the winning card, and this game was the ruin of many players.
The oldest reference to the Nine of Diamonds in this light is in a 1708 book, "The British Apollo, or, Curious amusements for the ingenious". In this book the Curse of Scotland is explained as a reference to royalty through the diamonds they wore, with every 9th King of Scotland being a tyrant.