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Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)

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[Kirkcudbrightshire flag] image by Philip Tibbets, 2 August 2016

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Description of the flag

The fourth Scottish county flag has been announced, Kirkcudbrightshire. The county town of Kirkcudbright was named for the saint, Cuthbert. An early rendition of the name of the town was Kilcudbrit, derived from the Scots Gaelic “Cille Chuithbeirt” (Chapel of Cuthbert). The Anglo-Saxon saint’s remains were kept here for seven years between exhumation at Lindisfarne and re-interment at Chester-le-Street. A pectoral cross was found on the saint’s body when his tomb was opened in the nineteenth century. The original is on display in Durham Cathedral where he was eventually buried. That cross is depicted on the flag of County Durham and is also seen on the flag of Kirkcudbrightshire. In this case the green and white colour scheme was selected by its creator, Philip Tibbetts, because of its appearance in the arms of the Kirkcudbrightshire County Council where the colours are shown in a chequered form across the old Galloway arms (of which Kirkcudbrightshire was a part) to recall the checked tablecloth used by the Stewards of the Lords of Galloway when collecting taxes and other dues. The county is thus also known as the “Stewartry of Kirkcudbright”.
Jason Saber, 9 June 2016

Quartered Vert and Argent a cross patty quadrate counterchanged.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 10 June 2016

St. Cuthbert's pectoral cross

[St. Cuthbert's pectoral cross] image provided by Jason Saber, 9 June 2016

Old Galloway arms

[Old Galloway arms] image provided by Jason Saber, 9 June 2016