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St Andrews Day Scotland

November 30, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

The national flag of Scotland, a white cross on a blue background also known as the Saltire, was first hoisted in 1512, making it one of the oldest flags in the world. But where did it come from?People Holding Scottish Flags

According to tradition, the diagonal cross represents St Andrew, who was crucified on a cross of that shape.

However, a second theory behind its origins takes place over 700 years later, the night before King Angus led his forces into battle against an army of Angles and Saxons.

It’s said that King Angus had a vision of St Andrew and was promised victory. The next morning, his troops saw a huge white Saltire cross shining against a bright blew sky. This omen led the Scottish troops to triumph in battle.

 

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