What Flag Did England Fight Under During the Revolutionary War?
During the Revolutionary War, the Kingdom of Great Britain flew a flag not unlike the one flown in Great Britain today, but with some noticeable differences. The flag flown during the war lacked the red diagonal stripes -- the Saint Patrick's Saltire -- that appear on the Union Flag today.
1 The King's Colours Flag
The flag Great Britain used during the Revolutionary War lacked the diagonal red stripes because the Act of Union in 1707 unified England and Scotland -- it excluded Ireland. This flag was called the King's Colours Flag. The St. Patrick's Saltire was added later for Ireland when the new Act of Union was passed in 1800.
- 1 Britannia: Timeline of Britain 1689-1901AD.
- 2 City University of New York: A Brief History of the American Flag
- 3 The Heraldic History of the British Flag; Christopher Thomas Richardson