9 weird and wonderful Scottish laws that are still in effect today

Have you ever accidentally set fire to a chimney, or fished for sea trout on a Sunday? In Scotland, you could be breaking the law.

Weird Scottish laws you won't believe are still in place

Scots law is an interesting mix of civil and common law which traces its roots to several historical sources - meaning there are still a fair few bizarre laws in place that are a hangover from the past. These are 9 of the weirdest that are still around today - though there are few instances of them being broken in the modern age.

Thought to be a hangover from puritan beliefs banning recreation on God's day of rest, it is illegal to fish for salmon or sea trout on a Sunday in Scotland. More recently the law was confirmed to allow stocks to recover.

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According to Section 31 of the Town Police Clauses act of 1847, you can incur a penalty if you accidentally allow a chimney to catch fire in the building you're using or residing in.
The Currency and Banknotes act of 1928 makes it an offence to deface a banknote by printing, stamping or writing on it. The Coinage act also makes it illegal to destroy a UK metal coin current since 1969 without a licence.
Right across the UK, it remains illegal to wear a full suit of armour into the Houses of Parliament. This was brought in during the reign of Edward II of England but the crime has rarely - if ever - been committed in modern times.
According to the Licensing act of 1872, it is illegal to to be both drunk and in charge of a cow. This law also covers horses - so make sure not to break into any farms after a night on the tiles.
Another law around the theme of drinking, "any person who, while not in the care or protection of a suitable person, is, in a public place, drunk and incapable of taking care of himself shall be guilty of an offence."
It's illegal to "discharge any cannon or other fire-arm of greater calibre than a common fowling-piece within three hundred yards of any dwelling house within the said district to the annoyance of any inhabitant."
Considered by many to be the unofficial national flag of Scotland, it's an offence to fly the Lion Rampant. According to 1672 legislation, it legally belongs to a King or Queen of Scotland.
One rather strangely-worded part of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 states that "every person who rides or drives furiously any horse or carriage, or drives furiously any cattle" is committing a punishable offence.