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Barbados Coat of Arms

Pride & Industry

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 February 14, 1966 on the occasion of the Royal Visit to Barbados.

Prior to this grant of  Arms the only other heraldic device was the seal of the colony.  It represented the British Sovereign in a shell chariot bein drawn by two sea horses through foaming waves. The seal was changed when there was a new monarch. King sits in the chariot while the Queens stand.

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 and on a wreath is the arm and hand of a Bardadian 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 November 30, Saint Andrews Day.

The Coat of Arms carries the motto "Pride and Industry." The Barbados Coat of Arms was designed by Mr. Neville C. Connell. 


Cumberbatchs of Barbados in 1881

These are estimated counts and densities of Cumberbatchs in the parishes of Barbados in 1881.

The frequency of a surname indicates how popular a name is compared to the population of the nation.

The density of a surname aims to highlight how concentrated the surname is, in any one location at that time, compared to the national average. A density equal to '1' indicates an even distribution, i.e. equivalent to the national average. A density greater than '1' indicates a higher, than normal, concentration of the surname. This could indicate the place of origin of the surname, or just a more fertile bunch of families.

As can be seen, the highest concentration of Cumberbatchs is in St. Peter, then St. Andrew and then St. Lucy. Whilst St. Michael has the third largest number of Cumberbatchs on the island they are relatively sparse when the density is considered.

The above map suggests that the point of origin for Cumberbatch in Barbados as being in St. Peter with a density 7 times that of the national average. Cumberbatchs owned three major sugar plantations in St. Peter:

1) St. Nicholas Abbey,

2) Ebworth.

3) The Farm plantation may not have been a sugar plantation, but a farm for growing food.

The location of the other plantation Cleland was in St. Andrew, now the home of the Caribean International [Horse] Riding Centre.

The largest of these plantations in terms of slave population was Cleland in St. Andrew but all the remaining plantations were in St. Peter. St. Nicholas in St. Peter being the largest comprising 407 acres and 184 slaves.

The above chart indicates the early spread of the descendants of freed Cumberbatchs slaves from their beginnings in St. Peter & St. Andrew. As of 1880 there were no Barbados born Cumberbatchs in the USA.

More details of CUMBERBATCH plantations in Barbados

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Barbados National Flag

The National Flag of Barbados is composed of three vertical panels - the outer panels of ultramarine and the centre panel of gold. A broken trident in black is the centre of the flag. The British standard colour code numbers for the colours of the flag are as follows - Ultramarine -- BCC148, Gold --BS0/002. The flag is designed in the proportion 3:2. The description of the flag - Blue for the sea and sky of Barbados; Gold for the sand of its beaches.

The symbol in the centre panel is the Trident of the Mythical sea god Neptune. This symbol appears in the Seal of the colony which was replaced by the Barbados Coat of Arms. The shaft of the Trident is broken indicating Barbados' break with its historical and constitutional ties as a former colony.

The flag was designed by Grantley Prescod whose design was chosen from 1,029 designs in an open competition.

For more: see: www.barbados.gov.bb

Barbados Key Fact

Barbados boasts one of the highest literacy rates at 97.4%.



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