Balliol College (Oxford University)

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Country: United Kingdom
Campus/location : Oxford

Arms (crest) of Balliol College (Oxford University)

Official blazon

Gules, a false escutcheon argent, impaling Azure, a lion rampant argent ducally crowned Or.

(In practice the relative positions of the two coats are reversed)


Entered at the Visitation of 1574.

This College takes its name and arms from its founders John, Lord Balliol, and his wife Devorguilla, daughter of the Lord of Galloway. Balliol (or Baliol) gave his first endowment in 1263, but it was his wife who gave it its first statutes in 1269, after her husband's death. Devorguilla's arms are: azure a lion rampant argent, crowned or; as she was a great heiress she impaled her husband's arms, gules, an orle argent.

Arms of Balliol College (Oxford University)

The arms on a tobacco card, (1922)

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