Owain's Eagles

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  c.17th Century
Flag Designer:  Unknown
Adoption Route:  Traditional
UK Design Code:  UNKG7426
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Green 354, Yellow 109
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

This is a banner of the arms attributed to Owain Gwynedd whose kingdom covered most of the present day county, the eagles represent the legendary ones of Snowdonia whose welsh name of Eryri means ‘nest of Eagles’. This design was used a lot by local aristocracy in the middle ages and was mentioned by the seventeenth century poet and historian Michael Drayton as the banner borne by the men of Caernarfonshire at Agincourt. The county’s long association with the three eagles was maintained in the design of the seal and arms borne by the later county council and can still be seen in the emblems of a number of local organisations. The design was called an “authentic” and “significant” badge for the county in Frederick Hackwood’s ‘Story of the Shire’. The full history the design can be found here: [1]

3 Responses to Caernarfonshire

  1. FTA 21 April 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    You may be interested to know that this flag is incorporated into the symbol for Number 2 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The soldiers of No. 2 Coy are often drawn from North Wales, and Company’s motto is Gwyr Ynys y Cedyrn which means “Men of the Island of the Mighty”, referring to Anglesey specifically, but North Wales in general.

    • Gwyndaf Parri 2 January 2017 at 11:40 pm #

      The term “Ynys y Cedyrn” comes from the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. It refers to the Island of Britain.

  2. RdWd 17 May 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    What Gwyndaf Parri said. The Isle of Mighty is Britain. As in, the notion of the pre-existing Celtic Britain, not British in the English ’empire’ sense..

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