What Happened to the Old Scottish Flag?



Seeing as I looked at the Medieval English flag last week, I thought I’d take a look at the flags being used to the north in Scotland, the famous blue and white saltire and the Rampant Lion Royal Banner used by the kings and queens of Scotland for centuries.

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38 Comments to “What Happened to the Old Scottish Flag?”

  1. History With Hilbert

    Thanks for watching everyone, hope yous enjoyed the video! Be sure to check out my other videos on history and flags if you found it interesting and give me a thumbs up or considering subscribbling if you're new!
    Two points of order to make. At one point I describe engus Mac Fergusa as a Scots king but he is better described as a Pictish king because this is before the creation of the Kingdom of Scots. Secondly when referring to the Jacobite Risings and the Battle of Culloden, the risings started in 1745 but the battle was in 1746.

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  2. Jamell Foster

    Alexander III was married to the daughter of Eleanor of Provence's (& Henry III of England's) daughter Margaret, sister of Edward I (Longshanks), grandniece of Richard the Lionheart…

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  3. Jamie

    Think you could do a History on Irish flags?
    From the old Gold harp on green flag to the current Green, White and Orange used now.
    Very interesting video though love all videos Scottish. sláinte

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  4. Gee Elle

    Forgive me if this has already been posted, details from the Scottish Flag Trust on the legend of the Saltire can be found here – https://scottishflagtrust.com/the-flag-heritage-centre/the-legend-of-the-saltire/ based on the battle of Athelstaneford in 832.

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  5. Alex Morrison

    The battle of Cullodean was in 16th April 1746, not in 1745. At least you called it an Uprising and it wasn’t just 1745-46. There was uprising in 1689, 1715 and 1719.

    The blue and yellow saltire is the St Alban Cross.

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  6. Keith Wright

    The Lion Rampant without the double tressure was the standard of King William I the Lion. He was the longest reigning king of Scotland alone (1165 – 1249). This is the most probable origin of the Lion Rampant used by Scottish Kings. William used it as the Lion Rampant had been used as a badge by many kings of his royal house (and as you said is associated with Malcom III Canmore, he even used it as a badge for Irish nobles allied with him).

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  7. M. Reid

    Most likely, the lion rampant came from Dal Riada, since it's also the arms of the Gaelic Macduff Mormaers/Earls of Fife, who were a lineage senior even to the royal family and had the right and responsibility of crowning each king. The Fife family bore the lion undifferenced, meaning without the tressure of fleurs-di-lis, so the royal banner may even be a differenced version of the Fife coat.

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  8. Harcus CG

    So, firstly, why the Irn Bru can and Braveheart imagery? A weak attempt at humor and its boring…. secondly, "Rampant Lion", its a "Lion Rampant", small detail, but big difference. Thirdly, why would Scotland be "inspired" by England, when England had Leopards on their flag, not Lions? Fourth, You pronunciation of Dal Riada is well off, which is odd, when you consider how well your pronunciation is when you are discussing Wales and England, could it be that you dont actually know that much about Scotland and you are trying to "wing it"? … and to think you were invited to talk at an Edinburgh language festival? Fifth, You will see the Lion Rampant flag at every Scottish sporting event, as well as others around the country. Its very much still used. Sixth, the saltire was rumored to come from Angus fighting the Northumbrians, when he saw the clouds in the sky as a "message from God". Seven, the agreed flag, during the union, was not the one that came out and was used. That was the reason for the anger. Incidentally, most people were angry not because of the flag, but because of the actual union and the rich Scottish landlords selling the people of Scotland, again. Finally, the Union?…. burn it and burn the flag.

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  9. nor 08

    Short answer, Lion Rampant only legally flown by Monarch. Saltire is national flag of Scotland.

    Lord Lyon took umbridge a while back and tried to stop football fans using Lion Rampant but was scuppered by argument they were showing loyalty to the Monarch. I believe he’s still not pleased.

    Trivia………..
    The city flag of Krakow was/is a Scottish Saltire with the city Arms in the centre. Lot of Scots merchants there in days gone by and I believe one became Mayor. We got everywhere……

    A Yellow Saltire was also the flag of Hexham captured by the men of Hawick in 1514……up the Teries !!

    The Flag of Tenerife is a saltire the same as Scotland’s but navy blue, as our Saltire used to be. Various theories as to why they couldn’t be bothered thinking up something more original…….

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  10. Nathan Beard

    My family is of Scottish descent and I have heard a few legends. One of them is that the Lion Banner, as it was known then, was originally flown by William The Lion. It is also said that this title “The Lion” came after his death because he flew the Lion banner.

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  11. hugh david pattison

    The Lion Rampant goes back to the tribe of Judah in the desert with Moses, it is the tribe of Jesus and so this is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Saint Andrew an Apostle of Christ and his bones are there in St Andrews that is why you have st Andrews cross.

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