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The Saltire forms part of the 'Union Jack', the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but in that instance the blue is slightly darker than the new shade agreed upon in 2003.
This National Flag of Scotland is the officially recognized flag that is flown on public buildings and carried by Scottish teams in international competitions.
The next part of the legend behind the flag of Scotland takes place over 700 years later, in 832 AD. Early the next morning Angus' troops were awestruck by the sight of a huge white Saltire cross shining against the background of a bright blue sky.
It's said that the night before the Pictish King Angus II, led his forces into battle against the English King Aethelstans' army of Angles and Saxons, King Angus had a vision or dream. This 'omen' led the Scottish troops to victory and the Saltire found it's place in Scottish history.
A warning sign in the shape of a saltire is also used to indicate the point at which a railway line intersects a road at a level crossing.
In Unicode, the cross is encoded at The saltire is one of the classic "honourable" ordinaries, geometric charges that span throughout (from edge to edge of) the shield.
It appears in numerous flags, including those of Scotland and Jamaica, and other coats of arms and seals.
Legend says that he felt himself unworthy of being crucified on a cross that resembled the one Jesus died on, and so he hung on a saltire, or diagonal cross.
According to tradition, it represents Saint Andrew, who is supposed to have been crucified on a cross of that form (called a crux decussata) at Patras, Greece.
The Saint Andrew's Cross was worn as a badge on hats in Scotland, on the day of the feast of Saint Andrew.
Although the Saltire (pictured left) is the official Scottish flag, if you had something a bit different in mind, you could still be on the right track. The reason for the confusion above, lies in the fact that Scotland actually has two flags, but only one of them is recognized as Scotlands' offical national flag - and that's the Saltire.
Learn all about the Scottish flag (or ) right here.
The first illustration of the Saltire flag in it's full blue and white glory appeared around the middle of the 16th Century, and between that time and the year 2003 the blue of the flag has seen some changes.