Prior to his visit to Pitcairn Island in September 2015, Robert Irving had been asked by friends of his (with the surname Christian) to take an Exmoor flag with him to the island and present it to the islanders, many of whom bear the surname Christian, being descendants of the infamous Fletcher Christian of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame.
Robert duly presented the Exmoor flag, which had only come into being in 2014, as a gift to the current Mayor of Pitcairn, one Shawn Christian, at the start of a public presentation Robert and his colleague Prof. Terry Dawson of Dundee University were giving to the island’s small community.
The following day, Robert was presented with a Pitcairn flag by the Mayor and asked to take it back to his friends on Exmoor. This he has now done and it was very warmly received by the Christian family back here in the UK.
The Exmoor flag was designed by Jenny Stevens and was chosen from 261 entries by a public vote in October 2014. Her design illustrates the varied landscape of Exmoor from its coast, footpaths, moorland, forests and the wildlife showcased by the iconic red deer stag. The star symbolises Exmoor’s prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve award.
The flag of the Pitcairn Islands was adopted in April 1984. The coat of arms of the Pitcairn Islands features a shield depicting the anchor and Bible from HMS Bounty. This represents the ancestral history of the islanders, most of whom are descended from the sailors who mutinied on the Bounty in 1789. The design of the shield is green and blue representing the island rising from the ocean. The helmet and crest are a flowering slip of miro and a Pitcairn Island wheelbarrow.
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