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by Graham Bartram
The modern ensign features a Scottish crown and the initials for the old
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Scotland (DAFS). The new name is
Department for Rural Affairs, but the flag has not been updated.
Graham Bartram, 29 September 2002
by Clay Moss
The badge is described in Carr (1961) as,
"... a foul anchor, the anchor on yellow and the cable in black, between the
initials in white
'S F'. The Royal Crown in full colour is placed above, and the design is completed by a wreath of thistles in yellow."
The ensign is now used by two agencies of the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department, the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and the
Fisheries Research Service. The badge was not matriculated by Lord Lyon until 1988. The crown on the badge, being the Scottish Crown, has
by Clay Moss
by Clay Moss
This image is based on the illustration in the 1915 edition of the Admiralty
Flag Book. The design is correct but the colours are wrong.
The Scottish Fisheries Board was established in 1882 and the Blue Ensign with this badge granted 26 March 1885. The original drawing was lost. In 1923 it was pointed out that the ground should be blue, the letters F B white, the thistle and anchor yellow, and the crown yellow and red. In 1924, Amendment 7, authorised by NL5304/23 was supposed to correct the mistake but had green thistles with white seed. Another amendment was issued, publicised in Admiralty Fleet Order of 3 April 1925 stating that the wreath of thistles should be yellow.
Public Record Office ADM 1/8685/156.
David Prothero, 31 July 2002
The illustration here came from a set of old encyclopędia flag drawings dated
1888. I'm not sure which encyclopędia set they come from as I have only the
pages. The printer and date are printed below in what must be a half-point font.
The only personal liberty I took with this drawing was to make the flowered
ends lavender as they show up in the thistles on the Rhodesian shield. Otherwise, I drew the emblem up exactly as it appears.
I also have the same illustration in my 1898 US Navy "Flags of Maritime Nations". In this drawing, the letters "F & B" are green, and the crown is similar to the modern crown. I'm also curious to know if a rope or length of chain winds around the anchor. Of the 4 illustrations I have, 2 have a chain, and 2 have a rope. The Flaggenbuch has the type blue background yellow thistle illustration David mentions, but the letters seem to be grey(?). It's very similar to the
coloured illustration in the back of Longueville's book.
Clay Moss, 31 July 2002
The 1889 edition of the Admiralty Flag Book shows a white background, crown in full colour above a yellow anchor, fouled with black chain, green thistles with white petals, initials F B in green with diagonal hatching. The 1907 and 1915 editions show the same except that the bulbous part of the thistle flower is yellow, hatched grey, and the initials F B are yellow with diagonal hatching. In the 1930 edition it shows a blue background, yellow thistle with white petals. Initials F B now white but still with diagonal hatching. The black chain fouling the anchor unchanged, so that with a blue background it is invisible except where it crosses the anchor.
It would appear that in about 1950, the Fishery Board for Scotland, became
the Scottish Home Department Fisheries Division, and the initials on the badge
changed from F B to S F . The first is in Campbell
and Evans' Book of Flags 1950 edition, and the second in the
There are incorrect drawings of the first badge in the 1889, 1907 and 1915 editions of the Admiralty Flag Book.
The crown on the SF badge it is a Scottish Crown,
which looks similar to a Tudor Crown.
David Prothero, 10 August 2002