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Oxford University - Jesus College (England)

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[Flag of Jesus College] image located by Jan Mertens, 10 July 2008
Source: http://inel.wordpress.com/2008/03/01/flying-the-flag-for-st-davids-day-at-jesus-college-oxford/ 


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Description of the flag

The college website has white deer with golden horns. Perhaps more relevantly, the English Wikipedia page gives the blazon "Vert, three stags trippant argent attired or", citing Oxford University Calendar 2004-2005 (2004) p.255. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-951904-8. It also says that the arms appear to be those of the Green family, citing the Oxford Dictionary of Biography entry for a Hugh Price. Jonathan Dixon, 11 July 2008

Quote: "The source of Jesus College's coat of arms is unknown. The arms were in use at the college by 1590, but unlike those of most Oxford colleges they are not known to have been adapted from those of a significant figure in the early years of the college's existence (for example, the founder). (....) The arms, which originally had a blue field but later began to be used with the present green, depict three stags in profile with their right legs raised. The arms appear to be linked to those of the Green family."

The arms shown feature stags or. The armorial flag in the photo has them "argent attired or" as stated in the text.
Jan Mertens, 10 July 2008

At http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Jesus_oxford_crest.svg the stags are golden, while the photographed banner of arms (above) shows white (Argent) stags with golden horns (armed Or). The outline of the Wikimedia illustration seems to be accurate enough, following the background of the official website ( http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/images/wallpaper-silver.gif ). The uniforms at http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/photoalbum/womensrugby.php do sport silvery/white stags with golden horns; but at the local boat club (http://home.jesus.ox.ac.uk/soc/jcbc/top_right.png), the stags are fully white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 July 2008