Flags of Scotland: 29 Scottish flags from across history and their meaning, starting with the Saltire and Lion Rampant

Every country hoists a specific flag as their national symbol, but many countries have seen multiple different flag designs over their history and Scotland is no exception.

Countries have flags as they act as symbols of their nation and community that - in theory - hold similar beliefs, goals and commitment to laws and regulations within a defined territory. However, if history teaches us anything it's that morals as well as borders can change sporadically and so many countries have sported a wealth of different flag designs over the years.

In fact, Diplo reports that Afghanistan alone has changed flags a whopping 30 times in the last 100 years. But what about Scotland? Well, as a country with a rich and occasionally dark history our many islands, regions, cities, organisations, royalty and more have seen a myriad of flag designs hoisted high into the bonnie Scottish sky.

To show what we mean, here is a (non-exhaustive) list of 29 flags used in Scotland, when they were raised and what they represent.

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