Seen around 1780, The St. Patrick Cross Flag was designed by England to recognize British holdings in Ireland. A Chivalric Order relating to St. Patrick's Cross was instituted by King George III in 1783 (which is the probable date of the flag as well). Although not “officially” recognized by Irish Nationals as the Flag of Ireland, The Patrick Cross was incorporated into The British Union Jack in 1800. The flag is still used in Northern Ireland on occasion. The flag is composed of an entirely white field with a large red “X” (stretching end to end). The basic symbol of the flag was also adopted by many US States as part of their States Flag. In the American South, The Patrick Cross is known as “The Southern Cross”.