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St. Andrews (Fife Region, Scotland)

Last modified: 2014-07-19 by rob raeside
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The community of St. Andrews, as such, has no flag. There is no demand for one, as the people here (regardless of political persuasion) see the Scottish saltire flag as being, in a sense, their own too, because of the links between St. Andrew and St. Andrews, so it is the one flown over the Town Hall. The University of St. Andrews has a banner of its arms which is flown on special occasions. The Community Council would be entitled to do likewise but, not owning any flagpoles, has not. When the International Congress of Heraldry and Genealogy was held in St. Andrews (in 2006 I think) both bodies were presented with elaborate and beautiful gonfanons, based on their arms, and designed by a heraldic expert who lives locally. They are so valuable that they are seldom in use.
Kenneth Fraser, 11 June 2014

Royal and Ancient Golf Club

[Flag of St. Andrews, Scotland] image by Darrell Neuman, 24 May 2010

I saw a flag of this design displayed from a flagpole adjacent to the Old Course Gift Shop in St. Andrews, Scotland. Iím not certain if this flag represents the St Andrews Links, the community of St. Andrews or the British Golf Association. The patron saint, Saint Andrews, is depicted on this flag and he is holding in his hands the Saltire. This figure is represented on a lot of the golf related merchandise (i.e. golf balls) on sale in the Old Course Gift Shop.
Darrell Neuman, 24 May 2010

I was told it was by Royal permission that this special defaced ensign was flown, honoring the 500+ year old golf course, club house (apparently built by the Masons), and its long history.
Pete Loeser, 13 June 2014