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Berwickshire, Scotland

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Scottish Borders Council communicated that the Berwickshire Area Committee agreed to explore the views of the Scottish Government/Transport Scotland on the flying of flags 'in addition to the Saltire at the Scottish/English Border at Lamberton Toll on the main trunk road on the East Coast between Scotland and England. It was suggested at the time that the flags might include 'a new flag incorporating the Berwickshire Coast of Arms'.

Transport Scotland advised that it did not have a policy on flag flying adjacent to the trunk road network, and that a formal proposal would require public consultation and 'non-standard' flags would require prior approval. Following consultation with the County of Northumberland (England), Transport Scotland indicated it was unable to give an in-principle agreement as wider consultation with local and national agencies would be needed. There were no plans to alter the flags at the lay-by.

Further inquiries by John Moody revealed that there is a desire to develop a county flag and have three flags on the Scottish Border. On the English side is the Union Jack, the English St. George's cross and the Northumberland Flag. The Scottish side has three saltires with a Gaelic welcome. The Queen's representative was arranging a design, yet to be registered, but the issues surrounding permission to hoist any other flag on the poles at the border remain a problem. Berwickshire Area Partnership is unwilling to pursue registration of a flag until permission to raise it alongside the Saltire and the Union Jack at the Border is obtained.
There was a wish to include a tree, and a chained bear "similar to the Duns flag".

FOTW does not know the Duns flag. Heraldry of the World at https://heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Duns does not show any trees or bears on the arms of Duns.
John Moody, 11 August 2019

I also have no idea about the "Duns flag", and an internet search only turns up the flag of Duns Dootball club (a R-N horizontal bicolour with the letters DFC in white across the centre). I did however find this, purported to be the flag of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which may be the flag referred to: https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-berwick-upon-tweed-flag-at-the-riding-of-the-bounds-136167365.html

I also found an article on the Berwickshire proposal which showed two potential designs for a new flag:
https://britishcountyflags.com/2016/11/16/a-flag-for-berwickshire/
James Dignan, 11 August 2019