FLAG OF THE SULTANATE OF SULU ACCORDING PIERRE SONNERAT
The description of this flag by Pierre Sonnerat on his account of 1774-1781 is apparently in contrast with the description made by Thomas Forrest who in his book talk about a flag with the arms of the Sultan: "the gates of Mecca , red, on a white background ."
We say apparently because Sonnerat described the flag as "white and black bordered .."but he doesn't say if the Mecca's door was black or red.
The black was probably added to identify the personal standard of the Sultan or the Rajah Muda or simply as a decoration
FLAG OF THE SULU SULTANATE
The flag is described on the account of 1779 by Thomas Forrest .
On the book"Guerras piràticas de Filipinas", a report on the spanish war against piracy in the Sulu Archipelago , written , by Don Vicente Barrantes Moreno, we find out a note (chapter IV page 49 ) on the flag of the Sultanate: "..el castillo donde tremolaba una bandera blanca..." which means :.. " The castle where flied a white flag..."
That is another evidence of the existence of the white flag of the Sultan of Sulu in 1755.
On another two dutch accounts dated 1844 circa we can read : " The flag of Sulu are the gates of Mecca, red on a white field.. " And :"..Sulu has a special flag : white with a blue hoist , with a red
curled monogram, wich they say does represents the door of Mecca..." .
SOME NOTES ON SULU SULTANATE PANJI (FLAG )
Title: The gems of the East; sixteen thousand miles of research travel among wild and tame tribes of enchanting islands
Author: Landor, Arnold Henry Savage , 1904.
The Sultan bears the title of majasari which signifies legitimate, and the spaniards accorded him the title of "his Exellency ". His flag showed the gates of Mecca, red on a white ground .
The fort.... .Srmounted by an immense bird of carved wood, a red flag with a blue border flew in the centre of the fort.
page 298 (Bacolod fort )..
Title: Life in the forests of the Far East; or, Travels in northern Borneo, vol.2
Author: St. John, Spenser Sir London: Smith, Elder and co, 1863
... are many high mountains, same peaked, others rounded, but, as a whole, forming a beautiful wiew. a white flag with a castle represented on it, waved over the fort, and a pilot jack marked the residence of Mr. Wyndham
, an englishman, settled here for the purposed of trade. ... (Jolo Island )
Title: The Philippine Islands; a political, geographical, ethnographical, social and commercial history of the Philippine Archipelago, embracing the whole period of Spanish rule, with an account of the succeeding American insular government
Author: Foreman, John, F.R.G.S. New York: C. Scribner's sons, 1906
... When the squadron anchored off Sulu, a white and red flag were hoisted from the principal fort, for the spaniards to elect either peace or war. several sulus approached the fleet with white flags, to inquire for the Sultan...