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Brecqhou, Channel Islands

Bailiwick of Guernsey

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[Flag of owners of Brechou] image by Rob Raeside, 1 March 2010

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Description of the flag

Brecqhou is a detached part of Sark. The flag is obviously similar to the Sark flag, and to the previous Brecqhou flag which was flown by the former owner of the island, Leonard Matchan. In Matchan's case, he added his personal arms to the lower fly of the Sark flag, and this is what the current owners have done here. The current owners are the Barclay twins, hence the 'twin' coats of arms.
André Coutanche, 1 March 2010

Previous flag

[Flag of former owner of Brechou]

There was also a flag granted to the former owner of Brecqhou , a minor island in the jurisdiction of Guernsey, by the Lord Lyon King of Arms during the 1980s. I have no more details to hand, except that this is a personal flag of the individual in question, rather than a flag of the island and was taken by the former owner with him when he sold the island on.
Roy Stilling, 14 March 1996

It was warranted on 23 November 1967 by Lord Lyon. It's the same as the flag of Sark with the two lions confined to the inner canton of the flag and not dispersed over the left arm of the St George's cross as well as the canton, and with the shield of Brecqhou in the lower fly canton. I can't described it very well: roughly, there are three sea-gulls(?) over two and two half vair over three trefoils. I don't know the colours. There is a black and white drawing in Flagmaster 75/76.
David Prothero, 31 March 1998

In an approximately-coloured drawing I received from Derkwillem Visser, there are: two (not three) white rectangles (sea-gulls?) on a red field in the top of the shield; two white vair over two and half blue vair in the center part of the shield; three green trefoils (two over one) on a yellow field in the lower part of the shield. As Roy (and Flagmaster 075/076) pointed out, this was presumably the personal flag of the previous owner of the island as it shows the coat of arms of the Matchan family.
Armand Noel du Payrat, 31 March 1998