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Northern Ireland Governor's flag

Last modified: 2013-12-21 by rob raeside
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[Governor's flag] image by Martin Grieve
Redrawn from Flaggenbuch (1939).

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Description of the flag

According to the Flaggenbuch (1939), the badge on the defaced Union Flag of the Governor of Northern Ireland was a gold disk with a shield. Three publications in my possession clearly state that it is an *orange* disc and not gold as suggested - this of course could be an error, although the version in Flaggenbuch looks orange to my eyes. Do we have any concrete evidence to nail this one down?

Pederson 1970 makes reference to this flag and leads the reader to compare the description given with an illustration of the Lt Gov of Jersey. The implication here is that it was a standard garland, although both Flaggenbuch and a scan sent to me by David suggest that it is most certainly different. A peculiar situation not too unlike
the Garland on British Palestine proposed Governor flag.
Martin Grieve, 25 February 2005

The disk looked and looks "orange" to me as well, and orange is the logical colour for a Northern Irish flag.
Christopher Southworth, 25 February 2005

The circle behind the shield on the Governor’s flag is gold instead of white for purely aesthetic reasons. Presumably some illustrators were unsure of the colour of the circle and wrongly assumed that it was orange because of the association of that colour with Ulster.
David Prothero
, 25 February 2005

Detail of badge

[Governor's flag] image by Martin Grieve