A Flag For East Lothian – Haddingtonshire

The latest in a growing list of Scottish locales seeking to adopt a distinct flag, the county of East Lothian announced a competition to select one, in late November 2017. The venture has been organised jointly by East Lothian Council and the Scottish Flag Trust, in association with local newspaper East Lothian Courier, under the auspices of the Scottish heraldic authority, the Lord Lyon.

The competition will be open until February 28th, 2018. A panel will then choose several of the submissions to put to a public vote, with the winning design unveiled at a public event in November 2018. The judging panel will consist of  the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, plus representatives from the Scottish Flag Trust, East Lothian Council, Lyon Court and East Lothian Courier.

Seen below, launching the competition, are

FROM LEFT: Dave Williamson, Scottish Flag Trust; Michael Williams, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian; Joe Morrow, Lord Lyon; and Provost of East Lothian John McMillan launch the ‘Design a flag for East Lothian’ competition

at left, Dave Williamson, of the Scottish Flag Trust; Michael Williams, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian to his right; Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon and at far right, Provost of East Lothian, John McMillan.

Commenting on the launch, Councillor John McMillan, Provost for East Lothian, said: “Having a distinctive new civic flag for East Lothian will allow individuals and groups across the county to express pride in their local community, to celebrate their heritage and help raise recognition and awareness of East Lothian nationwide. I think this competition will capture the imagination of many people and will attract a great deal of interest from across the county, as well as further afield. I’m particularly keen for our schools to get involved too and I very much look forward to seeing all the entries as I’m sure they’ll be varied and inspiring.”

Michael Williams, Lord Lieutenant for East Lothian, observed that: “East Lothian is a very unique place and it is important that the county has its own flag. I am very interested to see what people come up with.”

Dave Williamson, chairman of the Scottish Flag Trust, added: “What makes this initiative particularly special is the collaborative working between East Lothian Council and the Scottish Flag Trust, along with the support and guidance of the Lord Lyon. We are hopeful that this competition, followed by a public vote, will deliver a new flag that will reflect the county and be welcomed by everyone.”

East Lothian map

Online images will be accepted but all entries should be in A4 size and can be submitted either in hard copies to Civic Events, East Lothian Council, John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA, or electronically to civic@eastlothian.gov.uk

They must include the name and contact number of the entrant or adult in the case of any submissions from under-16s.

Entries are open to individuals and groups gobally.

Copies of the competition guidelines and application forms can be downloaded at




Any queries regarding the competition terms and conditions should be emailed to info@scottishflagtrust.com

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Possible ideas that might feature on a flag for the county include the red and ermine bars found in the arms of the local council


which in turn derive from the arms used by the Giffords of Yester,


a family given lands in East Lothian, by King William the Lion (1165-1214). The goat and tree found in the civic arms of the county town, Haddington

have also been used to denote the county, appearing on this East Lothian Rifle Volunteers belt

rifle belt

And an obvious inspiration and possible design basis, is of course the national flag of Scotland itself, the Saltire


which legend holds  originated at the Battle of Athelstaneford, in the county.


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