montserrat coat of arms, T-Shirt
The Coat of Arms of Montserrat was first adopted in 1909. The Arms consist of a shield featuring a lady in green representing Erin, the female personification of Ireland, based on the mythology of Ériu. The lady is holding a golden harp, a symbol of Ireland that features in Ireland's coat of arms. The cross symbolises Christianity. The Arms pay tribute to the Irish ancestry of Montserrat, as much of the population is descended from the Irish settlers exiled to the island by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century. The Arms feature on the Flag of Montserrat, and on the defaced Union Flag used by the Governor of Montserrat.