Philip Tibbetts’s proposal for this county features a wavy red and white field, a reference to arms anciently used in the locality of Mentiethwhich now forms part of the county. Blue and white wavy stripes are a traditional heraldic representation of a water course and here recall the importance of the region’s waters. Additionally this is a reference to the county’s reputation, because of its aquatic geography, of dividing the nation and having to be bridged – hence the strategic importance of the town of Stirling, something of a bridge to the north. A sense of this importance may be gauged from this mediaeval map of Scotland
The north of Scotland is shown almost as an island and labelled as SCOCIA ULTRA MARINA (Scotland beyond the sea), it’s linked to the rest of Britain by the narrow thread of Stirling Bridge.
A couchant wolf emblem is used by Stirling County Rugby Club
and Stirling Cricket Club
whose produce features the wolf on its labels
A wolf further appears as a supporter on the local civic arms
A splendid wolf is also found on this Stirlingshire Constabulary badge
The wolf’s appearance in these various local insignia recalls a legend that a wolf prevented a Viking attack by howling and waking the locals. The flag
is coloured red, white and black in recognition of the use of these colours by the aforementioned sports teams.