Infantry Colour

Approx. Period: 1650 AD
Length: 1.5m Width: 1.5m

Regiments carried a flag or colour to represent their origin or allegiance. Many regiments used the white saltire on blue background and others more symbolic heraldic devices and symbols such as the lion rampant of the king. A number of colours were captured at Preston, Dunbar and Inverkeithing and accurately recorded by a Royalist officer.

This linen colour has the white saltire on blue background. It also incorporates a symbol of the thistle in the centre. Many of these flags included inscriptions such as shown here, "For the Couenant Religone King and Kindomes".