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The county town of Kirkcudbright was named for the saint, Cuthbert. An early rendition of the name of the town was Kilcudbrit, derived from the Scots Gaelic “Cille Chuithbeirt” (Chapel of Cuthbert). The Anglo-Saxon saint’s remains were kept here for seven years between exhumation at Lindisfarne and … Continue reading

3 February 2014 12 June 2016 start the discussion


  The flag of Berkshire was registered in early 2017 as a result of research conducted by the ABC’s Brady Ells. It features the traditional hart (stag) and oak theme associated with the county for several centuries, which appears on the badges, emblems and logos … Continue reading

28 January 2014 7 October 2017 one response


Staffordshire is associated with an emblem of some antiquity, the Stafford Knot This anicent local emblem is present on an artefact amongst the famous Staffordshire Hoard, unearthed in July 2009, suggesting a link with the county of some twelve hundred years! Another early example of the knot is … Continue reading

28 January 2014 29 March 2016 2 responses

Merioneth / Meirionnydd (Merionethshire)

              The flag of Merioneth(shire) flag was registered by the Flag Institute on January 2nd 2015, becoming the 37th county flag. It is adapted from the seal used by the former county council This in turn was derived from the … Continue reading

27 January 2014 6 January 2015 start the discussion


The Norfolk flag originated as the armorial banner of Ralph (Ranulph) de Gael (de Guader) the first Earl of Norfolk (1071-1075) whose attributed arms were divided yellow and black with a diagonal ermine stripe running from the top left to bottom right corners. The ermine … Continue reading

27 January 2014 12 September 2014 start the discussion

County Durham

The County Durham flag was registered on November 21st 2013. It was created by James Moffatt and his twin daughters Katie and Holly from Chilton, County Durham and was the winning entry in a competition established by noted adventurer and campaigner Andy Strangeway, in cooperation with the Durham … Continue reading

24 November 2013 25 November 2013 start the discussion


The flag of Northamptonshire was the winning entry in a competition held in 2014 by the local county council, in conjunction with the Flag Institute, to select a flag for the county. The winning design, created by ABC member Brady Ells was unveiled at a … Continue reading

11 November 2013 12 September 2014 start the discussion


  The Worcestershire flag was chosen by public vote on BBC Hereford and Worcester. The design by Elaine Truby of Worcester is described in an article from Worcester News: Mrs Truby, a 51-years-old podiatrist with the National Health Service, traces her artistic ability back to … Continue reading

Other Registered Flags

Islands and island groups perhaps being by their nature separate entities, seem naturally motivated to raise flags – even Lundy has borne several! Thus flags for the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight also appear in the FI registry although unfortunately they are … Continue reading

26 October 2012 12 September 2014 one response


The Derbyshire flag was the winning entry in a 2006 competition organised by the BBC . Designed by Martin Enright the blue in the flag is held to be one of the traditional colours of the county representing its rivers and reservoirs; the cross marks the … Continue reading

14 October 2012 26 October 2012 start the discussion

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