Next month it’s St Andrew’s Day in Scotland and I know you’re all wanting to know why St Andrew is our patron saint.
Flying the flag
Well, we have to go back to 832 AD and a village in the east of the country which was still to be formed into Scotland.
King Angus of the Picts (basically the Highlanders) and a contingent of Scots (Lowlanders) was invading the Lothians.
They were run by the Northumbrians who were helped by Saxons, led by Athelstan.
Angus, fearing he would be overrun said his prayers (you would, wouldn’t you) and it seems that St Andrew was the saint who was up.
A white diagonal cross, that being the shape St Andrew was crucified on, appeared against the blue sky.
Angus was suitably inspired to vanquish his enemy and repaid St Andrew by making him the patron saint of the soon forming Scotland.
There’s the quaintest St Andrew’s Flag centre in a doocot (where pigeons live) in Atheltstaneford which is 15km south-east of Edinburgh… http://www.scottishflagtrust.com. It is open from April to October.
Wrapping myself up in the flag
St Andrew’s Day is November 30.
I like to wrap myself up in the Saltire as much as the next Jock.
And next to the St Andrew’s flag there is probably nothing more Scottish than bagpipes.