Montserrat Flag

Montserrat Flag



Flag of Montserrat - Description of the Montserrat Flag
  • As the above picture of the Montserrat Flag indicates the overall background is blue
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Montserrat flag represent the following:
    • Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice
  • The basic style shown in the picture of the Montserrat flag is described as Emblem reflecting the central design of the flag pattern
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the Montserrat flag is described as 1:2 ( length twice the height )

  • The upper left quarter of the flag, hoist side,  is called the Canton and pictures the British Union Jack
  • The right half of the flag is called the Fly and pictures the Montserratian badge
  • The emblem on the Montserrat flag pictures a woman standing beside a yellow harp with her arm around a black cross
  • The Meaning & History of the Montserrat Flag - The Montserrat flag depicts the badge of Montserrat, which shows Erin, the symbol of freedom for Ireland, holding a gold, or deep yellow harp by her left hand
  • The emblem of Montserrat is the shamrock, in honour of its earliest European settlers, who were of Catholic-Irish

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Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
  • Your interest in flags makes you a Vexillologist!
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Montserrat Flag Etiquette
  • Montserrat Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including Montserrat as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of Montserrat
    • State Flag of Montserrat
    • Military Flag of Montserrat (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of Montserrat
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the Montserrat Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of Montserrat should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The Montserrat flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of Montserrat should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the Montserrat flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of Montserrat, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating a new flag
Terminology & Etiquette in Montserrat Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the Montserrat flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the Montserrat flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the Montserrat flag to the top, then lowering the Montserrat Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the Montserrat flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The Montserrat flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the Montserrat flag
  • The Montserrat flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The Montserrat flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The Montserrat flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to Montserrat Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
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Location: Much of this island was
devastated and two-thirds of the
population fled abroad because
of the eruption of the Soufriere
Hills Volcano that began
on 18 July 1995

  • Land Size of Montserrat : 102 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Montserrat : tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation
  • Population of Montserrat : 9,245
  • Former Name(s) : n/a
  • Capital City of Montserrat : Plymouth (abandoned in 1997 due to volcanic activity; interim government buildings have been built at Brades Estate, in the Carr's Bay/Little Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat)
  • GDP of Montserrat : $29 million (2002 est.)
  • Main Industries :  tourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances
  • Currency of Montserrat : East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
  • Agricultural products : cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers, livestock products
  • Main Colors of Montserrat Flag : red, white and blue
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Montserat
Concise History of Montserrat & its Flag
  • The island of Montserrat, in the Caribbean Sea, was named after the mountain by Christopher Columbus in 1493
  • Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia, in Spain.
  • The name Montserrat literally means "jagged mountain"
  • The Ciboney, Arawak and the Carib Indians first inhabited Montserrat
  • The Caribs and the Arawaks were tropical forest people who probably originated in South America and were related the people found anywhere from Panama to Brazil
  • Not discovered by Europeans until 1492 when Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World
  • Before the arrival of the Spanish the Carib males had a justified reputation as the most feared warriors of the Caribbean
  • In 1555 the Spanish claimed the Islands
  • The Caribs and the Arawaks were progressively wiped out by the after-effects of the Spanish conquest, with the more peaceful Arawak tribes suffering the greater losses
  • The Spanish were continuously harassed by the native Caribs and by pirates and buccaneers who attacked the Spanish galleons which were carrying riches back to Spain
  • The pirates who operated in the Islands included Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Henry Morgan, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake
  • 1632 Thomas Warner brings English and Irish Catholics from St.Kitts to establish a colony on Montserrat
  • 1649 Oliver Cromwell transports Irish political prisoners to Montserrat
  • 1651 Irish bring first slaves to Montserrat
  • Slave rebellion - 1768 on St. Patrick’s Day
  • The slaves were emancipated in the 1830's
  • 1914 - 1918 WW1
  • 1939 - 1945 WW11
  • August 1945 The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Montserrat is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom
  • The eruption of the Soufriere Hills,Chances peak, volcano that began on July 18, 1995 and still continues has made much of the island uninhabitable


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