Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Covenanter saltire, Virginia, 1905

As shown on the 1905 edition of this well-known volume which (significantly for the choice of cover image) was printed in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy from 1861–1865. Original Presbyterian Covenanter flags from the 1600s can be seen in many churches and museums in Scotland today, widely varying in design and iconography. Many have saltires, others have thistles and Bibles, one I have seen has Hebrew script. Usually they are tucked away in ante rooms, behind light-proof curtains and protective glass to help preserve them. Recent replicas often hang inside the main church buildings as a visible reminder of their Covenanting history.

Covenanter Flag