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Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

Last modified: 2014-07-19 by rob raeside
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[Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 1 March 2008

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Flag of Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

The Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club, who have their web site at, write on their history page (

"The Northern Yacht Club can trace its roots back to 1824 when it began as a representation of Scottish and Irish fleets. A royal charter was granted in 1830 and it is believed the ‘Northern’ was the first yacht club to receive it. The Clyde Model Yacht Club was inaugurated in 1856, receiving its royal charter in 1863, and the two clubs dominated the Scottish yachting scene at that time. ...

The Royal Northern was originally based in Rothesay but moved to the current clubhouse in Rhu in 1937. The Royal Clyde vacated its premises at Hunters Quay in the fifties and also moved to Rhu before the two clubs merged in 1978 to form the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club."

The Royal Northern is described on this page. No mention is made on that page of its Northern Yacht Club history, or of the merger. I wonder whether the club may have had a burgee before it became Royal, which one would expect to be blue with a large anchor. (We don't mention the colour of the anchor, unfortunately.) Would we be able to confirm, or refute that this was the first Royal charter of this nature?

The Royal Clyde is described on this page. Again, no mention of the pre-warrant club, or their burgee, which one would expect to have been "blue with the shield from the Scottish arms: or, a lion rampant gules within a bordure of the second."

I wonder if a merger of two Royal clubs automatically becomes Royal itself, or whether they would have had to apply anew and may have had a crown-less burgee for a while. The burgee of the RNCYC as it is now is shown on the website as: Blue with a white cross, charged in its centre with a crown, in the upper hoist quarter a fouled anchor and in the lower hoist quarter a lion rampant, both white with yellow details.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 April 2013


[Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 4 July 2014