Barbados Coat of Arms

The grant of arms conveyed by royal warrant was presented by Her Majesty the Queen to the President of the Senate of the Island on 14 February 1966 on the occasion of the Royal Visit to Barbados.

The Golden Shield of the Arms carries two Pride of Barbados flowers (the National Flower) and the Bearded Fig Tree (ficus citrifolia) which was common on the island at the time of its settlement. 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 - The association is made with a small island named Pelican Island which existed off Barbados and which was incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour development.

Above the shield is a helmet and mantling on a wreath is the arm and hand of a Barbadian holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane symbolic of the sugar industry. This is a saltire cross, the cross upon which Saint Andrew was crucified. Independence Day in Barbados is celebrated on 30 November, St. Andrew's Day.

The Coat of Arms carries the motto 'Pride and Industry'.


The Designer

The Barbados Coat of Arms was designed by Mr. Neville C. Connell. The design of the Coat of Arms was the result of extensive research conducted by Mr. Connell who was a student of Heraldry. He was assisted in this work by Mrs. Hilda Ince (now deceased). The developmental sketches of the Coat of Arms remain in the possession of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

Mr. Connell died on 19 January 1973 at the age of 66.


Code of Etiquette for the use of the Coat of Arms is covered in the National Emblems Act Cap 300