Why is there a dragon on the Welsh flag? Eddie Butler explores the myths and discovers that it was originally brought to Wales by the Roman cohorts who used it to scare opposing troops. The Roman legionary carried standards known as 'draco' or dragon into battle (Ddraig in Welsh). It was very quickly adopted by the Welsh of the time, though the flag itself in its modern form was only officially accepted as the Welsh flag in 1959.

This clip is from:
Welsh Icons
First broadcast:
1 March 2011

Before watching the clip, the students could give their thoughts on why they believe the red dragon became the flag of Wales. After watching the clip they could investigate the existing evidence supporting the explanation given in the clip. Pupils could suggest reasons why the draco would have created such an impression on the Welsh natives at the time.