Fast facts about St Andrew

  • St Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland
  • St Andrew is celebrated on 30 November
  • St Andrew's Day is a day to celebrate Scottish culture, food and dance
  • St Andrew's flag is the flag of Scotland
  • The flag is in the form of a white X on a blue background and is commonly known as The Saltire
  • St Andrew's Societies celebrate Scottish culture around the world
  • St Andrew's Day is a bank holiday in Scotland but entitlement to leave depends on the employer
  • St Andrew is also the patron saint of Romania, Greece and Russia
  • Scotland is one of the few countries to have one of Christs disciples as their patron saint
  • St Andrew was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of St Peter
  • St Andrew is believed to have died on a diagonally transversed cross which the Romans sometimes used for executions and which, therefore, came to be called St Andrews Cross
  • St Andrew's Day is connected with Advent, which begins on the first Sunday after November 26
  • St Andrew's Day marks the beginning of Scotlands winter festivals.

St Andrew's history in detail

St Andrew: Scotland's Patron Saint video

Last updated 23 Apr 2015