Another legend says in the ninth century, a Pictish king, Angus mac Fergus, adopted St Andrew as the patron saint after seeing a Saltire appear in the sky, immediately before his victory at Athelstaneford against the Northumbrians (English and Saxons). The battle at Athelstaneford, East Lothian, in AD 832. Picts and Scots of King Angus invaded the Lothians, which was still Northumbrian territory at the time by the way. Fearing defeat as the enemy were a lot larger army than his, King Angus led prayers and saw a cloud of a white Saltire in the blue sky. He vowed that if with Andrew’s help he won, he would make him the patron saint of Scotland. The Scots indeed won and the Saltire became the flag of Scotland and He our Saint. Today Scotland celebrates St Andrew on 30 November, every year.
Why do we have two flags in Scotland? – the Saltire or St Andrew’s cross (white on blue) and the Lion Rampant (yellow and red). The Lion Rampant is the Royal flag and is supposed to only be used by royalty. The Saltire is the oldest flag in Europe. A Scottish Parliamentary committee officially stated the Scottish Saltire Flag become standardized, Pantone 300.