Talk:Flags of the English Interregnum
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The image labelled as the Commonwealth Jack in the table in the Commonwealth of England article does not match the description given in this article, not even close! So which is wrong? And if this flag isn't the commonwealth jack, what is it? Grunners 00:18, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
- More info here. http://www.nationalflaggen.de/flags-of-the-world/flags/gb-inter.html --Valentinian 01:42, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
replaced Union Flag?
This article says it replaced the Union Flag and afterwards was replaced by the returned Union Flag. But this was before the Union; and according to the Union Flag article, at the time it was only used on on the monarch's ships; and otherwise the flags of England, Scotland, etc. were used. --Spoon! 08:32, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
The harp in this image is apparently derived from the 'Brian Boru'harp, which has been used as a model for both the Guinness trademark and the seal of the Irish Free State and post 1937 Irish State. Is this an accurate representation of the particular harp used on this standard? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by RashersTierney (talk • contribs) 01:59, August 20, 2007 (UTC).
A different account of the flags
- The earliest Commonwealth Flag was a simple reversion to the Cross of St. George. At a meeting of the Council of State, held on February 22nd, 1648-49, it was " ordered that the ships at sea in service of the State shall onely beare the red Crosse in a white flag. That the engravings upon the Sterne of ye ships shall be the Armes of England and Ireland in two Scutcheons, as is used in the Seals, and that a warrant be issued to ye Commissioners of ye Navy to see it put in execution with all speed." The communication thus ordered to be made to the Commissioners was in form a letter from the President of the Council as follows : — " To ye Commissioners of ye Navy. — Gentlemen, — There hath beene a report made to the Councell by Sir Henry Mildmay of your desire to be informed what is to be borne in the flaggs of those Ships that are in the Service of the State, and what to be upon the Sterne in lieu of the Armes formerly thus engraven. Upon the consideration of the Councell whereof, the Councell have resolved that they shall beare the Red Crosse only in a white flagg, quite through the flag. And that upon the Sterne of the Shipps there shall be the Red Crosse in one Escotcheon, and the Harpe in one other, being the Armes of England and Ireland, both Escotcheons joyned according to the pattern herewith sent unto you. And you are to take care that these Flags may be provided with all expedition for the Shipps for the Summer Guard, and that these engraveings may also be altered according to this direction with all possible expedition. — Signed in ye name and by order of ye Councell of State appointed by Authority of Parliament. — Ol. Cromwell, Derby House, February 23rd, 1648." At a Council meeting held on March 5th, it is " ordered that the Flagg that is to be borne by the Admiral, Vice-Admiral, and Rere-Admiral be that now presented, viz., the Armes of England and Ireland in two severall Escotcheons in a Red Flag, within a compartment " ; and a contemporary representation of this Long Parliament flag may be seen on the medals bestowed on the victorious naval commanders, where the principal ship in the sea-fight represented on the reverse of the medal flies it at her masthead.
- A Commonwealth standard, so-called, is preserved at the Royal United Service Museum. The ground of the flag is red, but the shields are placed directly upon it without any yellow compartment, and around them is a wreath of oak and laurel in dark green.
- The ordinance for the re-union of Scotland with England and Ireland was promulgated on April 12th 1654. In the first flag following that ordinance, England and Scotland were represented by the crosses of St George and St. Andrew, and Ireland by a golden harp on a blue ground which is the correct standard of that country. These were displayed quarterly, St. George being first and fourth, Ireland second, and St. Andrew third. The standard of the Protector consisted of this flag with his escutcheon of a white lion rampant on a black field placed in the centre. The harp, however, seemed quite out of place in this flag, and another was tried in which St. George was in the first and fourth, St. Andrew in the second, and the red saltire on white daringly placed in the third as representing Ireland. This was a most unsatisfactory arrangement for visibility at sea, and the old Union was reverted to, but as Ireland was not shown on it, a golden harp was placed in the centre, and at the Restoration the harp was removed and the flag became as it was at the death of Charles I.
The book is old  but given the citations it sounds like the author [William John Gordon] knows what he's talking about; certainly for the first paragraph, if not the second. jnestorius(talk) 15:39, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Commonwealth flag as described in 1909
The subject of your article does not correspond with the flag described in this article from The Times on March 17, 1909:
"The Commonwealth Flag. The standard of the Commonwealth, which has hitherto been preserved in Chatham Dockyard, has been deposited, by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, in the Royal United Service Museum, Whitehall. It is a large flag of red bunting, 20ft. long by lft. wide. A large green wreath of laurel encircles two shields placed side by side in the middle of the flag. These shields are of the same dimensions, each being 5ft. deep and 5ft. across. One of them consists of a white field with the St. George's Cross of England; the other of a blue field with the Irish harp in yellow. It is expected that the fag will be on exhibitIon before the end of the week. Owing to its large size it will not be shown in full, but will be doubled in a case in which will be displayed an illustration of the whole flag. The use of the Commonwealth flag was discontinued after the Restoration. Pepys, in his " Diary," notes the change. Writing under date Mlay 13, 1660, he says:- 'To the quarterdeck, at which the taylors and painters were at work, cutting out some pieces of yellow cloth in the fashion of a crown and C.R., and put it upon a fine sheet, and that Into the flag instead of the State's arms, which after dinner was finished and set up." The Commonwealth standard adds another to the collection of historic flags in the mnseum, the last most interesting addition being the flag of the United States frigate Chesapeake, taken by H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813, and given to the museum by Mr. W. W. Astor."
- That's referrimg to flags of Oliver Cromwell's 17th century Commonwealth (i.e. republic) not to the 20th century Commonwealth of nations... AnonMoos (talk) 18:42, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
Could be embarrasingly incorrect
My interpretation of "And that upon the Sterne of the Shipps there shall be the Red Crosse in one Escotcheon, and the Harpe in one other, being the Armes of England and Ireland, both Escotcheons joyned according to the pattern herewith sent unto you" is that the flag had two Escutcheons (that is, shields), on it with the St George's Cross and Irish Harp, not that the entire flag was divided into two halves, one half with the cross and the other with the shield, as depicted. Why would the order need to contain instructions on how to "joyn" such a simple design if no shields were involved? The creator of the flag image seems to be imitating an unreliable source . Abductive (reasoning) 11:09, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
- So I have tried to identify what are naval flags and what are national flags. I think the flags for the Commonwealth of England and the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland are correct, even if the dates they were used are wrong. Regards, Rob (talk) 15:25, 27 July 2013 (UTC)