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40/100 The river Tay. The Thistle Brig, a short distance below Stanley consists of a trap dyke crossing the Tay. At one time it is said to have spanned the river with its gigantic basaltic columns providing suitable supports for a "brig of tree". When the Danes were crossing the Tay before the Battle of Luncarty in 980, one of them is said to have trampled on a Scottish thistle and cried out, betraying their approach to the bridge sentinels. This incident gave rise to the adoption of the thistle as the badge of Scotland. The basaltic columns were removed in the mid 19th century to enable rafts of wood to get down the river.