Johnstons of Elgin Poppy Scarf Limited Edition 2021

The Poppy Scarf X Mary Ann Rogers

Mary Ann Rogers is a prolific and sensitive watercolour artist, who captures the beautiful quirky spirit of her natural subjects. She has received many awards and is recognised nationally within her field. I personally own many of her works and she was natural choice for me when we asked her to collaborate to create artwork to inspire our poppy project, as this is one of her very specialist subjects. We are thrilled with the results and look forward to raising money for our Poppy charity this year.
- Alan Scott
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This November marks the 100th anniversary of the first British Remembrance Poppy Day. To mark the centenary, our skilled craftspeople have created an elegantly embroidered Poppy Scarf, with all profits from the sale of the scarves going to the Poppy Scotland Appeal. Our delicate poppy design is based on an original watercolour by renowned wildlife artist Mary Ann Rogers, stitched against a super-soft black Cashmere backdrop.

Johnstons of Elgin Limited Edition Poppy Scarf graphic


Remembrance Day has been observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. The opening line of the World War I poem 'In Flanders Fields' refers to poppies growing among the graves of war victims in Belgium, which inspired French-born teacher and humanitarian Madame Guérin to conceive their use as a mark of remembrance. The first British Remembrance Poppy Day took place on 11th November 1921.

An autographed copy of the poem from In Flanders Field and Other Poems.

An autographed copy of the poem from In Flanders Field and Other Poems. Unlike the printed copy in the same book, McCrae's handwritten version ends the first line with "grow" instead of "blow".

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The finely detailed flower featured on our Poppy Scarf is inspired by a specially commissioned artwork by Northumberland-based artist Mary Ann Rogers. Mary Ann paints in vibrant watercolour, taking inspiration from the wild hills surrounding her studio. Her Country House Gallery showcases her energetic compositions, depicting birds, animals and flowers native to her local area.

Poppy watercolour painted by Mary Ann Rogers in collaboration with Johnstons of Elgin Poppy Scarf

Over the years, Mary Ann has received wide acclaim, from being voted ‘best-selling published artist’ to selection by the Royal Watercolour Society. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes and has been interviewed for many publications. Her work is collected by enthusiasts worldwide and has been published in books about painting.

Mary Ann spends time studying her subjects closely, handling animals where possible, reaching a level of intimacy which she believes gives greater integrity to her work than painting from photographs.

I am passionate about my subjects, and the medium of watercolour. I find it exciting and surprising, which suits many of the themes of my work, which has a great deal to do with movement, flow, dash and verve, rather than precise representation. There is an element of alchemy to my work, a joy in the introduction of pigment to water on a textured surface when anything could happen.’
- Mary Ann Rogers
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The Poppy Scarf

Our elegant Poppy Scarf is made with the finest Cashmere, transformed from fibre to finished product in our own Scottish mill. A delicate interpretation of a single bloom from Mary Ann’s painting appears in thread on the corner of the accessory. The scarf features our unique hand-ripple finish, achieved using natural hand-worked teasels. All of our accessories are made to last, so in addition to supporting this great cause, you can enjoy this classic design for many years to come.

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Established in 1921, Poppy Scotland provides support for current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families. The charity recognises the sacrifices and service of its beneficiaries and tailors support to their needs. Poppy Scotland helps men, women and families with issues linked to their time in the Armed Forces or with struggles adjusting from military to civilian life.

The organisation is best known for running the iconic Scottish Poppy Appeal, distributing poppies each November to raise vital funds to help the Armed Forces community in Scotland. All profits from the sale of The Poppy Scarf X Mary Ann Rogers will go to Poppy Scotland to help provide ex-servicemen and women with access to advice, employment, mobility, housing and mental health support.

Thank you to everyone who purchased one of our 'Poppy x Mary Ann Rogers' Cashmere Scarves and in turn donated to Poppy Scotland.