THE article in the Sunday National on the writer Lari Don being inspired by the legend of the unicorn was interesting, but missed out the two main reasons why the unicorn was adopted as an emblem of Scotland (Author’s search for the roots of unicorn myth kicks off series to bring folklore to new generation, March 1).

Firstly, the unicorn’s horn is magical, and purifies by its touch any source of poisoned water, allowing not just the unicorn to drink, but all the other animals. This symbolises friendship with all nations.

Secondly, England had adopted the lion as their emblem, and as we all know, lions are scared of unicorns!

Solomon Steinbett