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Sunday, 24 April 2016



                                                       HISTORY OF ST. ANDREW

  Saint Andrew (who is believed to have later preached around the shores of the Black Sea), was an agile and hardy Galilean fisherman whose name means Strong and who also had good social skills. He brought the first foreigners to meet Jesus and shamed a large crowd of people into sharing their food with the people beside them. Today we might describe him as the Patron Saint of Social Networking!

                                                            HISTORY UK
                                                       Ruins at St. Andrews

A totally different story tells of Acca, the Bishop of Hexham, a renown collector of relics, who brought the relics of St. Andrew to that church in 733.

                                                                  ACCA OF HEXHAM


                                                       BATTLE OF ATHELSTANEFORD


According to legend, King Hungus (ANGUS) of the Picts defeated the Angles in 832 AD
at Athelstaneford in what is now East Lothian in Scotland, He was overwhelmed by a blinding light the night before the battle and, during the night, had a dream. The message he was given was that he would see a Cross in the sky and would conquer his enemies in its name.
The following morning King Angus looked into the rising sun and saw the Saltire Cross in its blinding light. This filled him and his men with great confidence and they were victorious. From that time Saint Andrew and his Saltire Cross were adopted as the national symbols for an emerging Scotland.
The Saltire Cross became the heraldic arms that every Scot is entitled to fly and wear. However, its colour was not white at first but silver (Argent), as in heraldry white stands for silver.
                                               Scottish Saltire Centre, close to supposed site  of supposed battle                         

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