The designer behind the Cornish Flag

The designer behind the Cornish Flag

On March 5th, the people of Cornwall celebrate St. Piran’s day, the national day of people in Cornwall. You may have heard the term ‘as drunk as a pirraner’ to describe someone who has drunk one too many. It’s safe to say St. Piran’s day is a jolly good excuse for a big celebration – our brand new Cornish Collaborations sharing boxes would make perfect party gifts or treats!

But who is St. Piran?

Here are a couple of things you may not know about the patron saint:

  1. St. Piran wasn’t Cornish

He was actually an Irish abbot who accidentally floated all the way to Cornwall after being thrown overboard by heathen Irishmen.

  1. He’s known for discovering tin

Well story goes that he discovered tin quite by accident when a black stone on his fire leaked a white liquid, causing a cross to appear on the black stone. Yes, that’s why the Cornish flag, the flag of St Piran, is black with a white cross. It represents the white tin flowing from the rock, or good overcoming evil.

St. Piran’s day celebration ideas:

Perranporth: don your black and white clothes and join the procession across the dunes to place daffodils at St. Piran’s Cross.

Falmouth: come and watch local school children perform the traditional ‘Furry’ dance, parading through the streets of the lovely town.

Truro: the Royal Cornwall Museum offers free entry on St. Piran’s day so you can go and brush up on all of your Cornish history!



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2 thoughts on “The designer behind the Cornish Flag

W. Hammond. says:

Having looked up a list of Saints in more than one book that lists them all St.Piran was not mentioned anywhere, alphabetical or geographically.
Also having spent many a holiday in Cornwall in the past have never come across it before. Interesting to read what you say
but am under the impression it is a “made-up” saint for the sake of marketing and commerce.

    Olivia says:

    Thanks for your comment. St Piran’s is celebrated widely across Cornwall on 5th March each year, and is a lovely celebration of Cornish people. From my reading St Piran was around in the 5th century, a very long time ago! If he was made up, it’s still a lovely day to celebrate the wonderful people of Kernow and us all to gather together.

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