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Cambridge University - Clare College (England)

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[Clare College] image by António Martins-Tuvŕlkin, 5 September 2009
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The banner of arms of Clare College, University of Cambridge (GB) may be seen at, a Flickr photo made by David Alderson, uploaded on 27 Apr 2008. Another sighting is at, a Flickr photo made by “london_emigre”, uploaded on 26 Jan 2008.

The blazon was found here (grateful quote follows):, “Or three chevrons gules (for Clare) impaling or a cross gules (for de Burgh) all within a border sable with golden drops.”

An old rendition of the arms can be found at

According to the college’s official website, Clare is the oldest but one of the Cambridge University colleges (
“(…) founded in 1326, and generously endowed a few years later by Lady Elizabeth de Clare (Lady de Burgh), a granddaughter of King Edward I (…). In 1336 King Edward III (…) granted licence ‘to his cousin Elizabeth de Burgo’ to establish a collegium (the word originally meant ‘a corporation of scholars’…) although it was in the first instance referred to nonspecifically as ‘the House of the University of Cambridge’, it became known as Clare Hall as early as 1339 (the present simplified title, ‘Clare’, dates from 1856).”
Jan Mertens, 16 April 2009

Variant with white drops

[Clare College] image by António Martins-Tuvŕlkin, 5 September 2009

At is the image I used as a base to make the image at the top of this page. There seems to be some representations of these arms showing white/Argent drops. At, the colors of Clare College are given as black and yellow, taken from the arms.
António Martins-Tuvŕlkin, 5 September 2009