Upper Canada College
Province : Canada
State : Ontario
Arms : Azure a sword in saltire with a fouled anchor surmounted by a calumet bowl upwards all enfiling a wreath of olive ensigned by the Royal Crown Or, on a chief embattled Gules fimbriated Or two white-tailed deer’s heads (Odocoileus virginius) caboshed Or.
The arms were officially granted on 4 January 1985 by the College of Arms in London and registered in Canada on April 15, 2005.
The device of the crown, calumet, sword, anchor and wreath is taken from the deputed great seal for the province of Upper Canada, designed by John Graves Simcoe in 1792. It appeared within the 1889 College emblem (known at the College as “Scadding’s Device”), created by Henry Scadding, a master who had been the first student enrolled at the College and the first Head Boy. The two deer’s heads refer to the crest of the College’s founder, Lord Seaton, as well as to the assumed arms of John Strachan, who was president of the Board for the General Superintendence of Education, the College’s first governing body. The red and the embattled chief are taken from Lord Seaton’s arms. Blue is the college colour.
The crest is derived from an emblem of the College in use in various forms since 1833. The palm branches represent excellence in academics and athletics, while the Royal Crown signifies the College’s longstanding connection with the Royal Family.
The supporters are a master and a cricketer. The master, attired in the manner common at the College during the 19th century, represents academic accomplishment. The student, a cricketer wearing a College uniform of the same date, represents athletic achievement. Cricket is the sport that has been played for the longest period of time at the College. The trillium flowers in the compartment denote the College’s location in Ontario.
The motto has been used as the College’s motto since 1833 and means “Let he who merited the palm bear it” and encapsulates the College’s commitment to excellence and achievement. It also relates to the palm branches in the crest and the badge.
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