On the night before the battle, the Pictish king ‘Hungus’ vowed to make Andrew the patron saint of Scotland if the English were defeated.
In response, the Apostle himself appeared in a vision, promising Hungus and his Dál Riatan allies a great victory.
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The main panel shows King Hungus and his army facing the defeated English, who have thrown down their weapons in token of surrender.
Above is a smaller panel containing an inscription with these words: ‘Tradition says that near this place in times remote, Pictish and Scottish warriors about to defeat an army of Northumbrians saw against a blue sky a great white cross like Saint Andrew’s, and in its image made a banner which became the flag of Scotland’ Behind the church is a doocot (the Scots word for ‘dovecote’) constructed in the sixteenth century as a nesting-place for pigeons.
It may have been created in the thirteenth century, around the time when Saint Andrew’s Cross started being used as a national emblem.
Before 1286, the diagonal cross traditionally associated with the Apostle’s crucifixion had been used in Scotland but only in religious contexts, as an emblem of St Andrews Cathedral.
Joining them are ‘vomit face’, a Tyrannosaurus Rex emoji and a hedgehog, among others.Information about the Cross of Saint Andrew can be found at the National Archives of Scotland. Photographs in this blogpost are copyright © B Keeling.In an earlier blogpost I wrote about the two Pictish kings named Óengus and their connection with St Andrews.The English and their king ‘Athelstan’ were soundly beaten, and the Cross of Saint Andrew became the emblem of Scotland.It’s a good story, even if it isn’t based on real events.