There is some evidence that a similar saltire was occasionally used to represent Ireland before this.
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After its adoption by the Order of Saint Patrick, it began to be used by other institutions.
When the 1800 Act of Union joined the Kingdom of Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain, the saltire was added to the British flag to form the Union Flag still used by the United Kingdom.
The e-mail, from Alexandra Miller, director of customer services, said: "I am very disappointed to see that (staff] continue to have inappropriate material bedecking their workstation.
This includes several saltires and a lion rampant, and the personalisation of a chair with red tartan." Ms Miller reminded employees of the policy of not having anything on desks which could be regarded as "sexist or racist".Joining them are ‘vomit face’, a Tyrannosaurus Rex emoji and a hedgehog, among others.According to Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge, the three most requested emoji were bearded man, woman wearing a hijab and giraffe. Described by The Guardian as “rewriting the design book for academic libraries”, the library has superb resources, with hundreds of thousands of books, e-books and journals containing over 63 million articles.Every floor of the building has a self-issue and return point.Asked at a press conference about the removal of the Saltire, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: 'Perhaps we should reflect and wonder what the response might be if this story was in reverse and the Union Jack was removed from packaging because of complaints in Scotland.