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Countries have flags because they act as symbols of their nation and community which – in theory – have similar beliefs, goals and commitment to laws and regulations within a defined territory. However, if history teaches us anything, it’s that morals as well as borders can change sporadically and many countries have flown a multitude of different flag designs over the years.

In fact, Diplo reports that Afghanistan alone has changed its flag 30 times in the past 100 years. But what about Scotland? Well, as a country with a rich and sometimes dark history, our many islands, regions, towns, organisations, royalty and more have seen myriad designs of flags hoisted high in the good Scottish skies.

To show what we mean, here is a (non-exhaustive) list of 29 flags used in Scotland, when they were flown and what they represent.