Flag of the Isle of Man

The flag of the Isle of Man or flag of Mann (Manx: brattagh Vannin) is a triskelion, composed of three armoured legs with golden spurs, upon a red background. It has been the official flag of Mann since 1 December 1932[2] and is based on the Manx coat of arms, which dates back to the 13th century. The three legs are known in Manx as ny tree cassyn ("the three legs"). The triskelion is an ancient symbol, used by the Mycenaeans and the Lycians. It is not known for certain why the symbol was originally adopted on the Isle of Man.[3] Before its adoption in 1932, the official flag of the Isle of Man was the Union Jack.

Flag of the Isle of Man
UseCivil and state flag
AdoptedDecember 1, 1932
DesignA triskelion made up of three armoured legs with golden spurs, in the centre of a red flag.

There is also a civil ensign for the Isle of Man. This flag was first authorised on 27 August 1971.[1] Another Manx flag is the flag of Tynwald, the legislature of the Isle of Man, which has flown outside the Legislative Buildings since 1971.[4]

See also


  1. Isle of Man; Flags of the World; (c.1996 – present)
  2. Isle of Man Weekly Times, 3 December 1932
  3. "The Three Legs of Man". isle-of-man.com.
  4. Ltd., Maxima Systems. "Isle of Man Guide – GOVERNMENT, Manx Flags". iomguide.com.
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