The History of Leith

January 24, 2008

Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford is a village in East Lothian, Scotland. It is close to the town of Haddington and lies approximately 20 miles east of Edinburgh.

According to popular legend, Athelstaneford is where the original Scottish saltire – the white diagonal cross on a sky blue background – was first adopted. On the eve of a battle pitting the Scots against the Angles (English) in 832AD, Saint Andrew, who was crucified on a diagonal cross, came to the Scots King Óengus II in a vision and promised him victory. The next morning the Scots observed a white cross formed by clouds in the sky. They won the battle, and the victorious forces attributed their victory to the blessing of Saint Andrew, adopting Saint Andrew’s cross as their flag, and naming him their patron saint. for more click here

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