This selection of badges both demonstrates the widespread acknowledgement of the dragon as the county emblem of Somerset and categorically shows, notwithstanding the wide confusion that exists, that a two legged wyvern has never been used to represent the county of Somerset. Scott-Giles, 1965. proposed the same for his county. Impressed, the Romans adopted the same emblem after the Emperor Trajan’s conquest of Dacia, becoming the standard of the cohort or “draco” (a word derived from the Greek “drakon”) ten of which formed a legion. Coinage from the second century BC bears serpent images some of which resemble dragons, while scabbards from approximately 300 BC are decorated by pairs of dragons. The county’s red dragon also featured on a badge, worn by nurses at county hospital. The county police service, on the middle line at left, replaces the mace of authority with it seems, the scales of justice although its precursor, second from left, “Somerset and Bath Constabulary” markedly used the plain Somerset dragon with no mace or further adornment. The green and white stripes of the flag were additions of Henry VII, the first Tudor king, representing the colours of his standard. That plan was derailed however, when an unexpected Somerset County Flag Competition was announced in the local media in May 2013. There are also Celtic dragon legends, such as the destruction of two dragons by one King Llud and “Peredur”, a tale recounting the slaying of a dragon who sits on a treasure mound. By the modern era therefore use of the ancient dragon emblem in arms and banners, as seen, was open to some interpretation regarding form and colour. It may be further noted that the cricket club badge, adopted long before the creation of the county council, appropriately does not include the mace, specifically included in the 1911 arms awarded to Somerset council to symbolise the authority it wielded; by definition the mace specifically and solely symbolises the council. In 1895, Lu Haodung designed a flag for the country. were created, before one was settled on that was considered most effective. Laws in China outline the official sizes of flags, including five official sizes for flagpoles and four smaller sizes for other uses, such as displaying in an office or a vehicle. a red dragon on a yellow background but obviously minus the blue mace, was the logical choice. Such accounts indicate a general usage of dragon standards by the Romano-Celtic population of Britain. Whilst there was no announcement on the number of voters or percentage of votes won, it seems that the red dragon’s evident popularity, which had been amply demonstrated by the support it had received on the Facebook page, engendered by its fundamental local heritage, made the design the inevitable and natural choice for the county flag. The whole cost was met by a local landowner, John Marshall of Belmont and the grateful recipients presented him with a silver-gilt commemorative casket.

In 1990, a set of rules were created by the Seventh National People’s Congress setting out guidelines for how the flag should look, how it should be flown and where it can be flown.

as appears on the council’s coat of arms, outside its County Hall headquarters in Taunton, the dragon flag that now represents the county of Somerset can be seen as highly appropriate and meaningful. The Romance of Heraldry – C.W. Hence our cover.” The Year Book’s front cover showed the dragon, on a shield. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. What does the flag of China look like? This design eschewed the county’s traditional red and yellow colour scheme and again included the blue mace which had been specifically included in the 1911 council arms to symbolise the authority wielded by the council. There are also specific guidelines for how the flag should be folded. China’s flag features a simple design of a red background with five golden stars. These examples demonstrate the county’s adoption of an unambiguous dragon emblem, in that several different county based organisations had opted for one. Several centuries later, as the Roman era was ending, resistance to Germanic invaders was organised by Romano Britons, likely on Roman lines. and a newly created county university, “University Centre Somerset”, has adapted it for its own insignia, reversing the colours (! I’m delighted, especially after I campaigned for so many years to get one.”. The blue of the proposed flag was intended to represent the sea  with which Somerset has always had strong connections. Dragons were also used by the Dacians and the Parthians as a military ensign in their clashes with Rome. The “Somerset Rebels” speedway team has also adopted a badge featuring the dragon from the county flag, And in late 2019 Somerset Cricket Club replaced its own dragon badge with a new realisation that better matched the form of the dragon on the county flag. Later, around the seventh century, it became known as the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, king of Gwynedd from 655 to 682. Again, it is not the registered flag of the county of Somerset. For a while no single design was promoted, as Ed focussed initially on gathering support for the concept of a county flag. So, the legends state, he made two dragons, one for the church in Winchester and one to be borne in battle. Such dragon standards are also seen borne by the English army, on the Bayeux tapestry. The group was presumably so named on the basis of a misapprehension that the badge used by the county cricket club featured a wyvern, although this is demonstrably not the case! Briefly, yellow flags cover the features of the person which affect how they manage their situation with regard to thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

The pole mounted dragon is seen to be “breathing” fire, created by a mass of pitch and tow! Interestingly, it also appears that either the West Somerset Yeomanry or an organisation connected with it, may have been the first body to have featured the acknowledged county emblem on a flag, which by definition, specifically referenced the county. There is sufficient indication that a serpent/dragon theme was already a substantial element in Celtic culture before the Roman conquest of Britain.

As Somerset had been part of the old kingdom of Wessex it was felt appropriate to make use of the historically accounted West Saxon symbol of the golden dragon, as had featured on the seal, particularly as no other county council in Wessex had yet done so. The Red Dragon itself can be dated back to the Roman occupation of Britain or Arthurian Legend. As with any ancient symbol, the appearance of the dragon has been adapted and changed over the years, and hence several different variations exist. In recent years the Somerset County Schools Football Association has also adopted a badge featuring the dragon from the county flag. Plausibly the idea of the griffin (spelt locally as “gryphon”) may have arisen as a misapprehension but even so the cricket team from the Bath suburb of Landsdown, founded in 1825, has had a griffin, as its badge since its origin, so it is nevertheless a locally used emblem of some standing and has certainly developed a certain local mystique. Adam pointed out how inappropriate this was.

In essence therefore a two legged wyvern as seen on a coat of arms or heraldic banner is simply one interpretation of a dragon standard – its bodily form is perhaps more akin to the “flying serpent” notion. This duly appeared on a Facebook page as the public face of the campaign. His flag was later used for the KMT party. Geoffrey’s account also tells of the prophecy of Myrddin (or Merlin) of a long fight between a red dragon and a white dragon, symbolising the historical struggle between the Welsh (red dragon) and the English (white dragon). Nigel Muers-Raby, at left below, head of marketing at Pardoes, stated: “We are delighted to have a Somerset county flag flying high above our base here at Creech Castle.”.

which has been marketed as a county flag for Somerset for several years. The hollow head, in the form of a toothed dragon, was formed from metal while the body was composed of strips of cloth sewn together in a serpentine form that, filled by the wind when horses were at a gallop, would make a hissing sound! Upon the establishment of the Republic of China, the “Five-Colored Flag” was chosen as the national flag. Scottish-Australian flag. The Anglo-Norman historian Henry of Huntingdon, wrote of Cuthred of Wessex bearing a golden dragon standard at the battle of Burford in 752 when he triumphed over the Mercians, “The armies being drawn up in battle array and rushing forward, having nearly met Æþelhun, who led the West Saxons, bearing the royal standard, a golden dragon, transfixed the standard bearer of the enemy.”.

Such items were based in turn on Celtic use of a dragon symbol, which ultimately derived from the Draco symbol used by the military during the Roman occupation of Britain. The regimental colours, officially (and somewhat exotically!) is depicted by Speed in the same work, to represent the aforementioned Uther Pendragon, here ascribed just the one dragon but nonetheless, exhibiting an understanding that the symbol was used by the Saxons’ Celtic precursors. For a while Ed promoted this prototype dragon flag for Somerset and tried in vain to secure in-county support for it. Even the Methodist revival in the 18th century, whose stern Puritanism banished the ancient Celtic traditions, was unable to stamp out all remains of their traditions…, The Welsh National Dress that we think of today is based on rural women’s traditional costume. Enthusiasts from the Association of British Counties who agreed with Ed Woods that Somerset’s traditional dragon should be adopted as the county‘s flag contacted him to reinitiate the campaign. Additionally, it seems that the regimental badge, perhaps adopted around 1908, preceded the council’s arms, in reversing the colours found on Speed’s illustration, for specific deployment as a Somerset, county, emblem. from the original arms. Welshmen, women and children carrying the dragon as a symbol of pride in their history and culture. These proved to be the inspiration for the choice of arms adopted by Somerset’s councillors. Wales "The Red Dragon" [3:5] Capital City: Cardiff: Main Cities: Swansea, Newport, Aberystwyth: Northern Ireland (unofficial) [3:5] Capital City: Belfast (Beal Feirste) Main Cities: Londonderry: This flag is a banner of the arms of the old Government of Northern Ireland.

still available here, oddly includes the motto from the arms, so is not a true armorial banner. There could be no more meaningful emblem for the county. These examples illustrate the imprecision of the colours – Wessex’s dragon is sometimes shown red and sometimes gold, rather reflecting the early description of the beast as “ruddy gold “and bearing out how in ancient times colours were not fixed – the emblem shown was more important than its colour! While retaining the later mace, however, the football association’s badge retains the colour scheme of the arms first adopted by the county council in 1906, a golden dragon on red. The golden dragon was shown on the title page.