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St Piran

St Piran's flag black and white cross

Saint Piran is the patron saint of tin miners.  

The flag of St Piran (or St Perran) features  a white cross on a black background. This symbolises the tin metal set in a black background of charcoal ashes and represents contemporary Cornish pride in a sense of identity .

Saint Piran  is supposed to have rediscovered tin-smelting when his black hearthstone, which was evidently a slab of tin bearing ore, from his fire caused some white tin to melt into the shape of a cross.  It is this white cross on a black background that is now the recognised symbol of Cornwall.

St Piran's feast day is the 5th March and is celebrated worldwide wherever there are Cornish people.


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Comment left by nice on 2010-04-15 20:11:55


Comment left by John Watkins on 2010-06-03 14:49:37

I have carried ST Piran's flag with me everywhere on my travels around the world whilst serving in the Army. Being from Penzance I have always held the county close to my heart. One sight of the flag of St Piran and it brings out the cornishmen and women no matter where in the world you are. I'm proud to say I'm Cornish and I'm proud to fly St Pirans flag. "one and all"


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