List of Scottish flags

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This is a list of flags that are used exclusively in Scotland. Other flags used in Scotland, as well as the rest of the United Kingdom can be found at list of British flags.

National flag[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Flag of Scotland.svg Since bef. 1513[1] Flag of Scotland, also known as the Saint Andrew's Cross or The Saltire A white saltire on a sky blue field

Royal flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom in Scotland.svg Since 1837 Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland A banner of the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom used exclusively in Scotland by the sovereign. An alternative form is used elsewhere.[2]
Duke of Edinburgh Standard.svg Since 1948 Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh A banner of the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip; 1st quarter representing Denmark, 2nd quarter Greece, 3rd quarter the Mountbatten family, 4th quarter Edinburgh.
Lionrampant.svg Since c. 1222[1] Royal Standard of Scotland A banner of the ancient Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland, now officially used in Scotland by representatives of the sovereign, including the First Minister of Scotland (as keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland), the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and Lord Lieutenants within their lieutenancies.[2][3] This flag is also used at the royal residences of Holyrood Palace and Balmoral Castle when the sovereign is not present.
Duke of Rothesay Standard.svg Standard of the Duke of Rothesay. The Royal Standard of Scotland defaced with a label of three points.
Duke of Rothesay Banner.svg Since 1974[4] Personal banner of the 23rd Duke of Rothesay The personal banner of the current Duke, His Royal Highness The Prince Charles. The arms are based upon those of the Chief of Clan Stewart of Appin, and represent in the 1st and 4th quarters the title of Great Steward of Scotland whilst the 2nd and 3rd quarters represent the title of Lord of the Isles. In the centre, to difference the arms from those of Appin, is placed an escutcheon bearing the arms of the heir apparent to the King of Scots.[2]
Royal Standard of Prince William (in Scotland).svg Since 2011 Standard of the Earl of Strathearn. The Standard of His Royal Highness Prince William, namely the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland, defaced with a label of three points, the centre point bearing a red scallop.
Royal Standard of Prince Andrew, Earl of Inverness.svg Since 1986 Standard of the Earl of Inverness. The Standard of His Royal Highness The Prince Andrew, namely the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland defaced with a label of three points, the centre point bearing a blue anchor.[2]
Royal Standard of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (in Scotland).svg Since 1999 Standard of the Earl of Wessex used in Scotland. The Standard of His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, namely the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland defaced with a label of three points, the centre point bearing a Tudor Rose.[2]
Royal Standard of Princess Anne used in Scotland.svg Since 1987 Standard of the Princess Royal used in Scotland The Standard of Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, namely the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland defaced with a label of three points, the first and third points bearing a St George's Cross, the centre point bearing a red heart.[2]

Counties, regions, and cities[edit]

Counties[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
2007 Flag of Orkney.svg Since 2007 Flag of Orkney Red, with a blue Scandinavian Cross outlined in yellow that extends to the edges of the flag. The colours from the Royal Standards of Scotland and of Norway and the Flag of Scotland.[5]
Flag of Shetland.svg Created 1969, enrolled in 2005 Flag of Shetland Blue, with a white Scandinavian Cross. The colours of the Scottish flag.[5]

Local authorities[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
City Flag of Aberdeen.svg Flag of Aberdeen Three white/grey castles on a red field, a heraldic flag taken from the city council's coat of arms.
Flag of Angus.png Flag of Angus A heraldic flag derived from the arms of Angus Council, consisting of four quarters containing a red crowned lion passant, a gold cinquefoil, a blue-white checked strip crossed with buckled red belt, and a depiction of the heart of Robert the Bruce to represent the four ancient earldoms of Angus.[6]
Flag of Edinburgh.svg Flag of Edinburgh A heraldic flag derived from the arms of Edinburgh Council.[7]
Western Isles Council Flag.svg Flag of the Outer Hebrides (and the council area Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)

Historical flags[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Scottish Red Ensign.svg Until 1707 Scottish Red Ensign, used by the Royal Scottish Navy A Red Ensign with the Flag of Scotland in the canton
Union Jack 1606 Scotland.svg 1606–1707 Scottish Union Flag First Union Flag with the Flag of Scotland superior to and overlying the Flag of England
Former Flag of Orkney.svg Until 2007 Former (unofficial) flag of Orkney The Cross of St Magnus. (An official version has now been adopted).
Until 2007 Another former (unofficial) flag of Orkney Flag based upon the coat of arms of Orkney (An official version has now been adopted).

Organizations[edit]

Flag Date Use Description
Ensign of the British Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses.svg Ensign of the Northern Lighthouse Board A Blue Ensign defaced with a lighthouse
Northern Lighthouse Board Commisioners Flag of the United Kingdom.png Commissioner's flag of the Northern Lighthouse Board A White Ensign with a pre-1801 Union Flag in the canton, defaced with a lighthouse
Ensign of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.png Ensign of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency A Blue Ensign defaced with the badge of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency
Flag of the Church of Scotland.gif Flag of the Church of Scotland The Flag of Scotland with the burning bush in the centre.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bartram, Graham (2009). "The Story of Scotland’s Flags" (PDF). The XIX International Congress of Vexillology, 23–27 July 2001, Proceedings. United Kingdom: The Flag Institute. pp. 168–171. Retrieved 23 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bartram, Graham. "United Kingdom Royal and vice-regal flags". Ruislip: The World Flag Database. 
  3. ^ "The 'Lion Rampant' Flag". Edinburgh: The Court of the Lord Lyon. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  4. ^ British Royal Flags: Prince Charles at Flags of the World. Retrieved on 9 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b Bartram, Graham. "United Kingdom Sub-national flags". Ruislip: The World Flag Database. 
  6. ^ "Council flag plan causes flutter". BBC News. 26 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "UK Flag Registry". Flaginstitute.org. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  8. ^ Bartram, Graham. "United Kingdom Civilian flags". Ruislip: The World Flag Database. 

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Flags of Scotland at Wikimedia Commons