About Barbados: History: Emblems
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During a Royal Visit to Barbados, Her Majesty the Queen presented the grant of Arms conveyed by Royal Warrant to the Senate represented by the President of the Senate Sir Grey Massiah on February 14, 1966.
On the Golden Shield of the Arms carries two Pride of Barbados flowers (the National Flower) and the Bearded Fig Tree (Fiscus Citrifolia) of which was common at the time of its settlement and was where Barbados got its name. (A Portuguese reference: "Los Barbados" which means "the bearded ones" a name given from a species of the Bearded Fig-Tree.)
On either side of the shield are the supporters, on the right (dexter) is a dolphin symbolic of the fishing industry and on the left (sinister) is a pelican which represents a small island named Pelican Island existing off Barbados and which is now incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour Development.
At the top of the shield is a helmet and above that mantling on a wreath is the arm and hand of a Barbadian holding (2) crossed pieces of sugar cane symbolic of the Sugar Industry. This saltire cross represents the cross upon which Saint Andrew was crucified and Saint Andrew's Day, it is also the day on which Barbados celebrates Independence (November 30).
At the bottom the Coat of Arms carries the motto "Pride and Industry."
Before the grant of arms (Coat of Arms) was conveyed, Barbados' only other official seal was the Seal of the Colony (Colonial Badge).
This was a representation of the British Monarch (Queen) standing in a shell chariot being drawn by two sea horses through foaming waters.
When a new Monarch emerged the seal was changed to a King sitting in a shell chariot.
The Seal of the Colony
The Barbados Coat of Arms was designed by Neville Clarke Connell, born in 1907. He was a director of the Barbados Museum for almost 24 years and a writer who contributed lots of articles to the Museum Journals, local newspapers as well as publications overseas.
Mr. Connell was educated at Harrison College, Barbados and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar at Greyâ€™s Inn and then served in the Royal Artillery on the outbreak of the war. After his discharge he worked in an Antique Dealerâ€™s business and later the Assistant Secretary of the Institute of Incorporated Practitioners in Advertising.
The Design of Barbados Coat of Arms was of a result of lots of research by Mr. Connell who was a student of Heraldy and the artwork of Mrs. Hilda Ince (deceased) who was a talented artist.
The development sketches of the Coat of Arms remain in the possession of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.
Mr. Connell died on January 19th, 1973 at the age of 66.