Flag of Saint David

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The flag of St David

The flag of Saint David (Welsh: Baner Dewi Sant) is normally a yellow cross on a black field, although it has also appeared as a black cross on a yellow field, or with an engrailed cross. It represents the 6th century Saint David (Welsh: Dewi Sant; c. 500 – c. 589), a Welsh bishop of Menevia and the patron saint of Wales.

The Flag of Saint David has been used as a flag representing Wales (as an alternative to the Red Dragon flag), in the same sense that the crosses of Saint George, Saint Andrew, Saint Patrick and Saint Piran are used to represent England, Scotland, Ireland and Cornwall (of which they are, respectively, patron saints). It is similar to the arms of the Diocese of St David's.

The flag can be seen throughout Wales, though not as frequently as the Red Dragon. On St David's Day it often plays a central role in the celebrations.

History[edit]

The flag of Saint David (right) alongside the flag of Wales (left) on St David's Day.

The history of the flag is somewhat obscure, though it seems to have emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. One theory is that it was developed to fly atop Anglican churches in Wales, in the same way that the St George's Cross was flown outside churches in England, though since 1954 churches are more likely to fly a flag bearing the armorial bearings of the Church in Wales, granted that year.

In any case, the colours of the flag - black and gold - have certainly long been associated with the Welsh saint, even if not always in the form of a symmetrical cross. St David's University College, Lampeter (now the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David), founded in 1822, adopted these colours as the 'college colours' in 1888,[1] and the flag of St David continues to be associated with the college, and is often flown today in a form defaced to include the cinquefoils of the crest of St David's College.

The flag has also had military significance, representing the 38th Welsh Division in the Second World War.

Between 2003 and 2008 Cardiff City F.C. incorporated the flag into their logo.[2] Crusaders RLFC, who started playing rugby league in Bridgend in 2006, also incorporated the flag on their logo.

The Christian Party (UK) has expressed a desire to change the current Flag of Wales to the St. David's Cross to symbolise the Christian heritage of Wales.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Price, DT William. A History of Saint David's University College, Lampeter 1. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-0606-2. 
  2. ^ Moor, Dave. "Cardiff City". Historical Football Kits. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 

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