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Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  C15th
Flag Designer:  Traditional
Adoption Route:  Traditional
UK Design Code:  UNKG7440
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Red 186, Dark Red 188, Yellow 109
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The Anglesey Flag is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of this historic Welsh county.

The design derives from arms attributed by mediæval heralds to a celebrated local ruler, Hwfa ap Cynddelw.

Hwfa came from the Presaddfed Estate, near Bodedern.

He lived in the 12th century and was reputedly steward to Owain Gwynedd, Prince of Wales.

Hwfa also founded one of the Fifteen Tribes of North Wales, and many local landowning families claim descent from him.

The first reference to these arms, used here in the Anglesey Flag, appears in the work of Lewys Glyn Cothi, a fifteenth-century bard.

They form part of the coat of arms of Anglesey County Council, granted in 1954, while the former Anglesey Constabulary (1857-1950) and Anglesey Fire Brigade also used them in their emblems.

Local cultural groups continue to use them.