The Saltire - Outlander

The Saltire - Outlander

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The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, is the white, diagonal cross of Scotland's patron saint, St. Andrew, on a blue field.

Our colorway is a brilliant sky blue, dyed to represent victory against steep odds.

Scottish lore says that a ninth century the Pictish king, Angus mac Fergus, adopted St Andrew as the patron saint after seeing a Saltire appear in the sky prior to a battle against a combined force of Angles and Saxons.

Fearing the outcome of the encounter, King Angus led prayers for deliverance, and was rewarded by seeing a cloud formation of a white saltire (the diagonal cross on which St Andrew had been martyred) against a blue sky. The king vowed that if, with the saint’s help, he gained the victory, then Andrew would thereafter be the patron saint of Scotland. The Scots did win, and the Saltire became the flag of Scotland.

- From The Legend of the Saltier