Philip Tibbetts’s proposal for this county features a wavy red and white field, a reference to arms anciently used in the locality of Mentieth
which now forms part of the county. Blue and white wavy stripes are a traditional heraldic representation of a water course and here recall the importance of the region’s waters. Additionally this is a reference to the county’s reputation, because of its aquatic geography, of dividing the nation and having to be bridged – hence the strategic importance of the town of Stirling, something of a bridge to the north. A sense of this importance may be gauged from this mediaeval map of Scotland
The north of Scotland is shown almost as an island and labelled as SCOCIA ULTRA MARINA (Scotland beyond the sea), it’s linked to the rest of Britain by the narrow thread of Stirling Bridge.
A couchant wolf is the emblem used by both Stirling County Rugby Club
and Stirling Cricket Club
and it also appears as a supporter on the local civic arms
The wolf’s appearance in these various local insignia recalls a legend that a wolf prevented an enemy attack by howling and waking the locals. The flag is coloured red, white and black in recognition of the use of these colours by the aforementioned sports teams