The curse of Scotland

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(Card Playing) the nine of diamonds.

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IT doesn't take a genius to fathom out that alcohol has been the curse of Scotland.
The abracadabra was worn nine days and then flung into a river, in order to see the fairies, one is directed to put nine grains of wheat on a four - leaved clover; nine knots are made in black wool as a charm for a sprained ankle; if a servant finds nine green peas in a peasecod, she lays it on the lintel of the kitchen door, and the first man that enters in is to be her cavalier; to see nine magpies is most unlucky; a cat has nine lives; and the nine of diamonds is known as the Curse of Scotland.
In card games, the nine of diamonds is still sometimes called the Curse of Scotland because of its similarity to the nine lozenges on the arms of the Dalrymple family.