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Old 3rd Apr 2021, 08:54
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747 jock
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Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd View Post
Cornish Jack. #15

i agree that it is the "Union" flag, but part of it contains the "English" flag, so is the one to be flown in England, innit ?

if you want to persist with your stance I will point out that ... akcherly ... it's the "Union Jack" and should only be displayed at sea, on the Jackstaff. QED.
A common misconception.
Union Jack or Union Flag? | The Flag Institute

The name ‘Union’ first appears in 1625, but what of the term ‘jack’?

Various theories exist, but the bulk of the evidence indicates use of the word in its diminutive sense. Before 1600, ‘jack’ was certainly used to describe a small flag flown from the mast mounted at the end of the bowsprit; by 1627, a small version of the Union flag – later described as the ‘Jack’, ‘Jack flag’ or ‘King’s Jack’ – seems to have flown commonly in this position; and by 1674, this flag was described formally as ‘His Majesty’s Jack’ and in common usage – officially acknowledged – as the Union Jack.

Note therefore that the ‘jack’ predated the ‘jackstaff’ by over 150 years, with the term ‘jack’ orginally denoting size rather than position.

It is sometimes claimed that the Union Flag should be described as the Union Jack only when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From its earliest days, the Admiralty often referred to the flag – however it was used – as the Union Jack. In 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that either name could be used officially. And in 1908 the UK Parliament approved this verdict, stating that ‘the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag’.
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