We thought we might explain why we chose our logo and what it means to us.
The logo is made up of a cross with a crown and heart above and a chive stem below...but why?
Well, the chive bit is easy and straightforward...its the favourite herb of our founder, fay, and, we think, makes a beautiful flower in its own right.
The crown and heart...this one is a bit more difficult and is based a little bit on hearsay, but hearsay that we have adopted as fact as we quite like the sound of it! :0).
The image is used to represent Robert the Bruce...one time, reasonably famous king of Scotland, and, it is rumoured owner of our little farm - ok, so that makes us sound a little grander than we are, as he owned our bit as well as a lot of other land around here as a Scottish Earl in the 13th century before he became king.
It is said that he gave Glenstocken (and other land in Dumfries and Galloway) to his wife as a wedding present.
The heart image is associated with Robert the Bruce as, after his death, his was given to his friend and right hand man, Sir James Douglas, to take on a tour of the Holy Land, but it never got there. Sir James was called to fight in Spain and so he took it with him. On one particular attack it is said he threw the heart in front of him and shouted 'Onward brave heart, I’ll follow thee'.
Sir James died on that campaign and both he and Robert the Bruce's heart were bought back to Scotland and interred at Melrose Abbey.
It is true that Robert the Bruce did own vast lands in Dumfries and Galloway and Sir James's seat, Drumlanrig Castle, is just down the road from us, so it is very tempting to think that the rumour could be true!