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Trinity College Literary Institute

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms
May 15, 2007
Vol. V, p. 140

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Per pale embattled Gules and Sable, two gavels in saltire Or;


A stag lodged reguardant Or attired and unguled Argent supporting a closed book Gules charged with an oval Or bearing a mitre Gules;





Red and black are the traditional student colours of Trinity College. The crenellated division indicates the competitive nature of the debates held by the Trinity College Literary Institute, and the parliamentary form of its administration. The gavels also allude to debates, as one is used by the Speaker during these events.


The stag is a charge in and a supporter of the arms of Trinity College. It is taken from the arms used by the College’s founder, Bishop Strachan, which were differenced at the time of the grant of arms to the College in 1988 by the “reguardant” position of the head and the white antlers and hooves. The book indicates the literary aspect of the Institute’s activities. The bishop’s mitre, which is found in the College crest, is a reference to the Diocesan Theological Institute in Cobourg, Ontario, at which the Institute was founded as the Debating Society in the 1840s.


This is the traditional motto of the Institute, and means “To tame wild manners by power of the voice”. It is taken from Odes I, 10.2, by Horace.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 6, 2007, in Volume 141, page 2826 of the Canada Gazette.

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Original concept of Bruce Patterson, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Linda Nicholson

Luc Saucier

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