Design: A conservative symmetrical layout featuring the X-shaped white on blue cross of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland (depicting the shape of the cross to which he was allegedly tied and crucified). The cross became the symbol of Scotland in the medieval era and is incorporated in the 'Union Jack,' the flag of the United Kingdom. A variety of typefaces are used, that in the upper segment being Spartan Bold Condensed, an all-cap font mimicking the style employed by engravers on 'high-class' business stationery.
History: The name of the Scottish Covenant Association, founded in 1942, resonated with a Presbyterian movement of the 17th century, whose religious principles were based on biblical precedent, but its founder's aim was to (re)gain political independence for Scotland. In 1950 a small group of its more radical young supporters surreptitiously removed the iconic Stone of Scone (the 'Stone of Destiny' which had been used as a coronation seat for the monarchs of Scotland and had been kept at Scone Abbey) from Westminster Abbey in London, where, since the late 13th century, it had been incorporated into the coronation seat of English kings and queens. After suffering serious damage during the heist, the red sandstone block was successfully repaired and now sits in Edinburgh Castle, having been officially returned to Scotland in 1996. Label courtesy of U.K. collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt, who notes that this issue was pressed by EMI.