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Virginia Company

Bermudas Company






The Bermudas or Somers Islands, is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermúdez, after whom the islands are named, who claimed it for the Spanish Empire. Although he paid two visits to the archipelago, Bermúdez never set foot on the uninhabited islands. Subsequent Spanish or other visitors are believed to have released the feral pigs that were abundant on the island when settlement began. The archipelago was settled by England in 1609, by the Virginia Company, which had established Jamestown on the Continent two years earlier. Administered as an extension of Virginia by the Virginia Company until 1614, and by its successor, the Somers Isles Company, from 1615 until 1684, Bermuda became a British colony following the 1707 unification of the Kingdom of England with the Kingdom of Scotland to create the unified Kingdom of Great Britain.


Virginia Company



The Virginia Company ran Bermuda until 1614, when the Crown briefly took over the Colony's administration. The adventurers (shareholders) of the Virginia Company formed a second company, the Somers Isles Company, to which Bermuda was transferred in 1615. The Virginia Company was dissolved in 1622, with the administration of its continental colony passing to the Crown. The Somers Isles Company, with its separate charter, continued to administer Bermuda for another six decades until 1684.

The achievement of the company was:


Arms: Argent, a crossGules between the  royally crowned arms of England, Scotland, Ireland and England.

Crest: A crowned virgin issuant Or

Supporters: Two soldiers in full armory bearing coats of arms Argent, a cross Gules and armed with a spear.



Bermudas Company (The Company of Merchants of the Summer Islands)


An achievement for Bermuda is in the lower margin of the frontispiece of  The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles of  Captain John Smith.(1624)



It is:

Arms: a representation of the wreck of the ship “The Sea Venture”(A.D. 1609) all proper.

Supporter: A lion sejant affronté Gules.

Motto: QUO FATA FERUNT (Whither the Fates carry).


The achievement is also on the Mappa ÆSTIVARVM insularvm alias BERMUDAS of Willem Blaeu, dated 1640:

[Seal with] the achievement of Bermudas, 1640


In 1636 a full achievement was granted to the company. It is:


Modern rendering of the 1635 achievement of the Somer Isles Company [1]


Arms: A ship at sea between two rocks on the dexter side the main-mast and mizzen-mast only seen, the top broken off, and sails furled all ppr.

Crest: On a wreath of the colours (argent and gules) on a mount vert, a boar standing between two branches of laurel proper.

Supporters: Two young Tritons, each blowing a conch-shell proper.

Motto:PERIISSEMUS NISI PERIISEMUS”(We had been lost if we had not been lost).

[Granted by Borough, Garter, 1635. Misc. Gts., iv. 5.] [2]


The Bermudas

or Somers Islands, otherwise the Summer Islands


At the end of the 19th century however, after the Company was dissolved in 1684 and Bermuda had become a British Colony, a different emblem was used on the flag of the colony:


Badge used 1880 ca-1910


The badge showed a dock and three ships on the roads.


In 1910 the achievement was put on a white shield and the motto was added below on a scroll:


Arms: Argent, on a mount vert, a lion sejant affronte gules, supporting between the fore-paws an antique shield azure thereon a representation of the wreck of the ship “The Sea Venture”(A.D. 1609) all proper. Motto -  “Quo fata ferunt.”.

[Assigned by Royal Warrant, 1910]

[The edge of the antique shield is gold. The “Sea Venture” was the ship of Admiral Sir George Somers, who first colonized the islands. [3]


Æ see illustration in the head of this essay.


On the blue and the red ensign the motto was omitted.


Badge of Bermuda, 1910


Seal of  King George VI (1936-’52) for Bermuda·



Governor’s Flag


Armed Forces




The home defence unit of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda is the Bermuda Regiment. It is a single territoria linfantry battalion that was formed in 1965 by the amalgamation of two originally voluntary units, the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps (BVRC) and the Bermuda Militia Artillery (BMA).


Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps Badge

Bermuda Militia Artillery Badge


Bermuda Regiment Colors


Bermuda Regiment Badge



Cap badge and Badge of King George’s Police

Cap badge and Sleeve Patch  of Queen Elizabeth II’s Police



Queen Elizabeth II’s Bermuda Police Service logo



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[1] On a postcard. Source: Heraldry of the World.

[2] Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles: The Book of Public Arms. A Complete Encyclopaedia of all Royal, Territorial, Municipial, Corporate Official and Impersonal Arms. London and Edinburgh, 1915.Pp. 78-79 Also: Berry, William: Encyclopaedia Heraldica or Complete dictionary of Heraldry. 1828.

[3] Ibid.

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