Isle of Man Flag

Isle of Man Flag



Flag of Isle of Man - Description of the Isle of Man Flag

  • The Isle of Man is a British crown dependency and  lies in the Irish Sea
  • The origins of the name of the island are unknown but it is referred to in Scandinavian Sagas as Mon or Maon
  • As the above picture of the Isle of Man Flag indicates the overall background Red
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Isle of Man flag represent the following:
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Isle of Man flag is described as Emblem -reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Isle of Man flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )
  • The emblem on the Isle of Man flag pictures  the "trinacria" emblem in the centre which is a Coat of Arms which date back to the 13th century
  • The Meaning & History of the Isle of Man Flag - The Isle of Man emblem depicts the triskell, or triskelion, from the Greek "three-legged" is one of the oldest symbols known to mankind and depicts triplicity in unity:
    • The triskell is featured the Celtic religion, and is said to represent the three dynamic elements: water, air, and fire
    • The representation of the triskell must be dextrogyrous (turning to the right)
    • A senstrogyrous (turning to the left) triskell would have a hostile meaning
    • The war dances of the ancient Celts started by turning to the left to show hostility, and ended by turning to the right, as a sign of victory

Canton - Flag Terminology

Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Terminology & Etiquette in Isle of Man Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Isle of Man flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Isle of Man flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Isle of Man flag to the top, then lowering the Isle of Man Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Isle of Man flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Isle of Man flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Isle of Man flag
  • The Isle of Man flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Isle of Man flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Isle of Man flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Isle of Man Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding Isle of Man Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a new flag
Isle of Man Flag Etiquette
  • Isle of Man Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Isle of Man as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Isle of Man
    • State Flag of Isle of Man
    • Military Flag of Isle of Man (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Isle of Man
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Isle of Man Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Isle of Man should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Isle of Man flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Isle of Man should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Isle of Man flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Isle of Man, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect

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Isle of Man

Location: Western Europe, island in the
Irish Sea, between Great Britain
and Ireland


Isle of Man

  • Land Size of Isle of Man : 572 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Isle of Man : temperate; cool summers and mild winters; overcast about one-third of the time
  • Population of Isle of Man : 74,655 (July 2004 est.)
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Capital City of Isle of Man : Douglas
  • GDP of Isle of Man : $1.6 billion (2001 est.)
  • Main Industries :  financial services, light manufacturing, tourism
  • Currency of Isle of Man : British pound (GBP)- there is also a Manx pound
  • Agricultural products : cereals, vegetables; cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Main Colors of Isle of Man Flag : red

Concise History of the Isle of Man & its Flag

  • Man became an island as the glaciers of the last Ice Age retreated and the sea level rose around ten thousand years ago
  • Was first settled during the Iron Age
  • 50 - 450 occupied by the Romans
  • 1000 was subjected to Viking raids
  • Until 1266 the Isle of Man was owned by Norway
  • It was a separate country with its own King
  • 1300's - 1500's sovereignty passes between Scotland, Ireland and England
  • Manx is a Celtic language spoken on the Isle of Man and is closely related to the now extinct Irish dialects of Ulster and Galloway
  • In 1313 Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland invaded
  • In 1334 Edward III became the Isle of Man's first English king
  • In 1405 Henry IV gave the Isle of Man to the Stanley family and it later passed to the Dukes of Athol
  • It was used extensively by smugglers as its position and virtual independence made it difficult for the British to prosecute
  • In addition to the smugglers a local Manx law meant that debts in England and Ireland could not be recovered in the Isle of Man
  • The Isle of Man therefore provided sanctuary for vast numbers of debtors and other profligates
  • In 1765 the third Duke was induced to surrender the regality and customs duties to the Crown for 70,000 and an annuity of 2,000 allowing prosecution
  • In 1829, the British Government acquired all remaining privileges from the Dukes of Athol for a lump sum payment of 410,000
  • 1914 - 1918 WW1
  • 1939 - 1945 WW11
  • August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • During the 1900'S the Island achieved a large measure of self-government as a Crown dependancy
  • The Island's democratically elected government exercises full control of its internal affairs and territorial waters - the Island's Parliament is called the Tynwald
  • The ancient Manx Celtic language is still used on road name signs and taught as a specialist subject in Manx schools
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