Sun of Barley

Flag Type:  Island Flag
Flag Date:  8th 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 flag features 12 ears of barley arranged in a sunburst pattern. The ears of barley represent the richness of the land, known since medieval times as the most fertile of the Hebrides and as Tìr an Eòrna ‘the land of barley’. The design references the well-known crest of the Tiree Association, with its sheaf of barley, fork and rake. Combining the ears of barley to create a yellow circle, the design also suggests the sun, highlighting Tiree’s reputation as ‘the sunshine isle’.

The design was selected following a competition and won with 56% of the final vote. The winner Donald Cameron whilst now based in London but is originally from the island. Donald, his mother and wife were present for the flags unveiling and the first flag was raised by his son. The flag was then used at the finish of the Tiree Ultramarathon the following day.

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