Coat of arms of Montserrat
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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 she embraces with one arm symbolises Christianity.
The arms feature on the flag of Montserrat, and on the Union Flag used by the Governor of Montserrat. Montserrat is also commonly known as "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" because of its physical resemblance to Ireland & because its earliest settlers were Irish prisoners, indentured servants, forced labourers, and loyal opposition soldiery.
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