Flag of Merionethshire

The Merionethshire flag (Welsh: Baner Sir Feirionnydd) is the flag of the historic Welsh county of Merioneth. It was registered with the Flag Institute as the official flag of the county on 2 January 2015.

Merionethshire
Flag of Merionethshire.svg
Proportion3:5
Adopted2 January 2015
DesignAzure, three goats rampant Argent, armed and unguled Or; from the dexter base the sun in his splendour issuant Or
Designed byTraditional
The county flag of Merionethshire in the hands of the Mayor of the county town, Dolgellau, Delwyn Evans, left and Councillor Ray Stubbs.

HistoryEdit

The design is adapted from the seal used by the former county council. This in turn derived from the anachronistic[1] description of a banner borne by the men of Merioneth at the Battle of Agincourt, in the 17th-century poem of the same name by Michael Drayton.[note 1] Here he wrote of “three goats dancing "gainst a rising sun"; the shield was blue, the sun golden and the goats white. Speculation regarding this unusual arrangement suggests a connection with Cader Idris, where goats browsed and behind which the sun rose. The flag therefore both maintains a theme associated with Merioneth for six centuries and is also a highly distinctive design – no other flag features a sun in this position and the arrangement is uniquely Merioneth.

See alsoEdit

  • Chapman, A. (2011). "The King's Welshmen: Welsh Involvement in the Expeditionary Army of 1415". Journal of Medieval Military History. 9: 41–64.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A small number of Welshmen were part of the 1415 army, but Chapman notes the lack of contemporary reference to any Welsh contingent at Agincourt, in either English and Welsh literature. The number present must have been small enough, he suggests, that "in no way did [they] predominate". Chapman also notes that Glyndŵr Rising against Henry IV of England had been ongoing for a decade and had only recently petered out; "in this light", he comments, "it might be wondered that any Welshmen fought with Henry V in 1415".[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chapman, A. (2015). "Welsh Archers at Agincourt: Myth and Reality" (PDF). The Historian. 127 (4): 12–18. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ Chapman, A. (2015). "Welsh Archers at Agincourt: Myth and Reality" (PDF). The Historian. 127 (4): 12–18. Retrieved 25 March 2021.

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