Huron University College
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HURON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (Huron College)
Campus/location : London, ON
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
The arms were officially granted on November 20, 1992, supporters, crest and motto granted on September 15, 2005.
The shield contains the arms of the Anglican Bishop of Huron. It is differenced with a border.
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.
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.
The motto means “True religion and sound learning”.
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