Scottish Flag

Scottish Flag

The Flag of Scotland - Description of the Scottish Flag

As the above picture of the Scottish Flag indicates the overall background is Blue

The description of the Scottish Flag is as follows:

The flag of Scotland features a white X-shaped cross representing the cross of the Christian martyr Saint Andrew (Scotland's patron saint) on a blue field

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Scottish flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice

The basic style shown in the picture of the Scottish flag is described as a Cross reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Scottish flag is described as 3:5

The emblem on the Scottish flag pictures the cross of St. Andrew

The Meaning & History of the Scottish Flag

St. Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland

St. Andrew's's day is celebrated on November 30th

St. David was an early crusader for Christianity and was thought to have been a fisherman in Galilee and became a desciple of Jesus Christ, founder of the Christian religion

The History of the Scottish Flag and its inclusion in the British Union Jack

Queen Elizabeth I ruled a divided nation. As the "Virgin Queen" she named the son of Mary Queen of Scots (her cousin) as her successor

James VI of Scotland therefore also became James I of England and on April 12, 1606

The first 'Union Flag' was created by using ecclesiastical heraldry by combining the red cross of St. George of England and the saltire of St. Andrew of Scotland

This was not a totally accurate representation of the flags as the blue background of the Scottish national flag is a lighter "sky" blue than the dark blue used on the Union Flag

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