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[Bartholomew Robert's flag, version 1]  by Antnio Martins

[Bartholomew Robert's flag, version 2]  by Antnio Martins

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Bartholomew Roberts, alternative flag - on a black field, a man's figure (himself?) in the hoist and a skeleton in the fly, holding together an horglass in between, all in white.
Jorge Candeias, 12 November 1998

The flag Bartholomew Roberts: a man holding a sword in his right hand, standing on two skulls, all above the initials "ABH AMH". Black field.
Jorge Candeias, 12 November 1998

'The Caribbean islands of Barbados and Martinique were particularly keen to see an end to his activities (in 1720 Roberts captured the Governor of Martinique and hung him from the mast) and Roberts' flag reflects the personal vendetta he had with them.

"The jack had a man pourtray'd in it with a flaming sword in his hand and standing on two skulls subskribed ABH and AMH, that is a Barbadian's and a Martinican's Head," described an account of the time.

The man portrayed is Roberts himself. The flag he designed flew from his flagship, the Royal Fortune, a brigantine he captured from the French.' The quote comes from Timothy Wilson's 'Flags at Sea'.
David Cohen, 4 November 1998