East Lothian

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  13th December 2018
Flag Designer:  Archie Martin
Adoption Route:  Letter Patent (Lord Lyon) & Popular Vote
UK Design Code:  UNKG7461
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Blue 300, Yellow 123, Red 485, Blue 282
Certification:  Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow

The design features a voided saltire in reference to East Lothian being the legendary birthplace of the Scottish national flag, at Athelstaneford. The blue colour recalls the Scottish saltire and the Rivers Esk & Tyne. The gold colour recalls the county’s reputation as the granary of Scotland as well as the traditional sun emblem of the wider Lothian region.

In the centre of the design, on a voided lozenge, is a golden lion rampant. This serves as a link to the civic arms of the county, in turn inspired by the arms of the Earls of Dunbar (also known as the Earls of March and Earls of Lothian) representing the mediaeval history of the county and its role in the defence of the nation.

The flag was chosen following a competition with over 600 submissions and 1500 votes. The designer, Archie Martin, sadly passed away after submitting his design to the competition. The flag was unveiled at a civic reception held by the Provost of East Lothian with the Court of the Lord Lyon and Scottish Flag Trust also represented.

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