ATHELSTANEFORD EAST LOTHIAN

Flag Heritage Centre

ATHELSTANEFORD EAST LOTHIAN

BIRTHPLACE OF THE SCOTTISH FLAG

The Scottish flag (Saltire) a white cross on a blue background is thought to be the oldest national flag in Europe and the Commonwealth. It was during a battle in 834 AD, King Angus believes that when seeing a cloud formation of a white saltire in the sky (which was the diagonal cross that St Andrew had been crucified on) was a sign from the saints, he proclaimed if the saints help them defeat the enemy he would make St Andrew patron saint of Scotland. On victory, he made the Saltire the flag of Scotland in addition to St Andrew becoming the patron Saint of Scotland.    

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