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The Huron University College Corporation

London, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badges
September 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 520

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Blazon

Arms

The Arms of the Anglican Bishop of Huron namely Gules two swords in saltire Argent hilts and pommels Or between in chief a representation of the Royal Crown and in base a beaver proper and for difference a bordure compony Argent and Gules;

Crest

A beaver sejant holding a mitre (mitra pretiosa) proper,

Supporters

Dexter a stag Ermine attired, unguled and gorged with a collar Gules pendent therefrom a golpe charged with a crescent Or, sinister a lion double-queued Ermine armed and langued Gules ducally crowned Or gorged with a collar Gules pendent therefrom a golpe charged with an estoile of twelve points Or, both standing on a grassy mound Vert strewn with trillium flowers proper;

Motto

VERA RELIGIO AC SCIENTIA VERA;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

And for a Badge for the use of the Faculty of Theology: A vesica piscis charged with a mitre Or orphreys and infulae Gules, surmounting a cross patonce Gules environed by a ribbon Argent inscribed WOE IS UNTO ME IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL in letters Sable;

Badge

On a torteau irradiated of sixteen points a beaver Or;


Symbolism

Arms

The shield contains the arms of the Anglican Bishop of Huron. It is differenced with a border.

Crest

The beaver is the ancient totem animal of the Huron First Nation and appears in the arms of the Bishopric of Huron. The mitre was an original emblem of the college.

Supporters

The roundels worn by the supporters are in the college colours. The stag, furred ermine for balance, with the crescent, alludes to the arms used by Bishop Benjamin Cronyn, founder of the college. A stag also appears in the arms of the University of Western Ontario for which Huron was the founding college. The double-tailed ermine lion is a reference to the Reverend Alfred Peache who provided funds to establish Huron College. It also appears in the arms of the University of Western Ontario. The roundel borne by the lion displays a twelve-pointed estoile alluding to the arms of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe and honouring his daughters who played a significant role in supporting the development of the college. The star is the polar star, a guiding light. The lion and estoile further represent the continual support that the clergy and laity have provided over 140 years of the college’s existence. The supporters stand on a green mound strewn with trillium flowers, for Ontario.

Motto

Meaning “True religion and sound learning”.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The badge is based on the original college seal which showed a mitre on a vesica piscis and was surrounded with the motto. The cross takes the shape as the one that appears on the top of the college’s chapel spire. Red refers to theology. The ribbon bears the motto used by the seminary since 1873.

Badge

The badge is based on the compass rose used extensively as an international Anglican symbol. The beaver and red field connect the badge to the arms.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 4, 2006, in Volume 140, page 430 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of David Bowyer, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
University Faculty, Department & College