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This very large banner of arms was flying at Gonville and Caius College on one
occasion (13 April 2007). The arms of Gonville and Caius College were formed in
1575 by impaling the arms of the founders, Edmund Gonville and John Caius (http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/rota.php?count=3).
A blazon can be found at
http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~peterh/armscantab.html, a page with blazons for
all the Cambridge colleges:
"Argent, on a chevron between two couple closes indented sable three escallops or impaling, Or semy of flowers gentle, in the middle of the chief a sengrene resting upon the heads of two serpents in pale, their tails knit together, all in proper colour, resting upon a square marble stone vert, between their breasts a book sable garnished gules, buckles or; all within a bordure compony argent and sable."
Jonathan Dixon, 9 July 2007
A Flickr photo shows additional details: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnlinwood/3163751034/, put up by John Linwood on 3 Jan 2009. Caius arms, 1561: http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/rota.php?count=3. Gonville and Caius large arms (clickable, too): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caius_College_Crest.svg.
The "couple closes" are thin chevrons, usually accompanying a normal one; a
sengrene is a plant, a kind of leek.
Jan Mertens, 26 January 2009
image by António Martins-Tuvālkin, 31 August 2009
For a special case see the sledging flag at
[Antarctic explorer] "Wilson's flag hangs in Gloucester Cathedral (
). I thought
it was at his Cambridge college, Gonville & Caius, but going there last October
and seeing the flag in the dining hall, it was clear that this was the college
flag which Wilson took south with him (
) and not his
sledging flag. It's mounted on the wall beside the high table, protected by
See the flag in all its beauty here (tiny shield on a blue field): http://www.flickr.com/photos/9494577@N04/2068815457/ for which we have to thank mffitzgerald (photo uploaded 27 Nov 2007). Caption: "From the dining hall at Caius and Gonville".
Jan Mertens, 4 February 2009
The colors of Gonville and Caius College are given as black and pale blue, not
taken from the arms.
António Martins-Tuvālkin, 31 August 2009