Sun of Barley

Flag Type:  Island Flag
Flag Date:  8 September 2018
Flag Designer:  Donald Cameron
Adoption Route:  Letter Patent (Lord Lyon) & Popular Vote
UK Design Code:  UNKG7460
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Green 356, Yellow 109, and Gold 137
Certification:  Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow

The Tiree Flag, or Sun of Barley, is a community flag proclaiming the unique identity of this Hebridean island.

The Tiree flag features twelves ears of barley arranged in a sunburst pattern. The ears represent the richness of the island – the most fertile in the Hebrides – known for centuries as Tìr an Eòrna, ‘the land of barley’. The sunburst pattern evokes Tiree’s reputation as ‘the sunshine isle’. The design also references the well-known crest of the Tiree Association, with its sheaf of barley, fork and rake.

A popular vote selected the winning design, which achieved 56 per cent of the final tally. The winner Donald Cameron is a native of Tiree, now based in London. Donald attended the unveiling with his mother, wife and son (who actually raised the flag for the first time).

The following day the flag appeared at the Tiree Ultramarathon, used by organisers at the race finish.

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