Clifton College

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Country: United Kingdom
Campus/location : Clifton

Coat of arms (crest) of Clifton College

Official blazon

Arms: Argent, a chevron between two trefoils slipped in chief and a garb in base azure; a chief gules, thereon a ducal coronet Or between two books argent, clasped and garnished gold.
Motto: Spiritus intus alit.


The arms were officially granted on April 8, 1895.

The crown in taken from the arms of the Diocese of Bristol, the books are a symbol of learning. The lower half shows ??.

Until 1895 the school used a different design:

Coat of arms (crest) of Clifton College

In these arms the three crowns of the Diocese of Bristol are quartered with a trefoil as a symbol for the college, and the arms of the local Clifton family in the fourth quarter. The motto Haec studia oblectant is taken from Cicero's oration for the poet Archias.

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