St Andrew's Cross

Flag Type:  National Flag
Flag Date:  1286
Flag Designer:  Unknown
Adoption Route:  Traditional* (See below)
UK Design Code:  UNKG0101
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Blue 300, White
Certification:  Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The first use as a national symbol that we know of was on the seal of the Guardians of Scotland.

‘ * While the story behind the adoption of the flag is traditional, the flags for Scotland and England, are lawfully recorded in Scotland. The flag is on record in Volume 1, folio 20, of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland: “Armes or badges proper and peculiar to the Kingdomes of Scotland and England represented on the Banners in the Royall Aichievement and which his Majestie advances in his standarts both by land and sea VIZ 1. Azur a cross of St Andrew Argent, for Scotland and St Andrew being the Patron thereof”

3 Responses to Scotland

  1. George Wilkinson 11 September 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    When was the blue made specifically this shade? I remember until relatively recently the darker blue (like that on the Union Jack) was much more common among the flags in Scotland. Is this a recent SNP thing to distinguish the flag from the Union Jack?

  2. Andy 17 June 2018 at 10:19 pm #

    nope. stop trying to blame the SNP, the colour has always been “sky” blue, blame westminster for using the wrong colour in the union flag.
    The dark blue in the union Flag is due to the flag being flown on navy ships, darker blue was used as light blue faded to quickly due to salt spray

  3. Václav Nenáhla 1 September 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Někde jsem četl legendu o boji Piktů s Northumbrií, jedním ze států Heptarchie. Tu noc před bitvou měli Piktové zahlédnout na noční obloze shluk mraků, který měl mít tvar kříže sv. Ondřeje, což považovali za dobré znamení a bitvu pak vyhráli. Legenda má pocházet z 9. století a myslím si, že právě proto měla být skotská vlajka tmavě modré barvy.

    Somewhere I read the legend of the Battle of the Pictoys with Northumbria, one of the states of the Heptarchy. That night before the battle, the Pictures were to see a cloud cluster in the night sky that was supposed to have the shape of a cross of St. Andrew, which they considered a good sign and then won the battle. The legend is supposed to be from the 9th century and I think that is why the Scottish flag should be dark blue.

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