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Oxford University - Balliol College (England)

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[Flag of Balliol College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019
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Description of the flag

The flag of Balliol College of Oxford University is seen at where it is being flown on the last day of Michaelmas Term 2007. Another photo can be found at The college home page also shows the arms and the flag.
The blazon, from the University Calendar is "Azure, a lion rampant argent, crowned or, impaling gules, an orle argent." An old rendering of the arms can be seen at the page. From we learn that the lion represents Galloway, and the orle Balliol proper.
Jan Mertens, 20 July 2008

The flag is a banner of arms with the charges shifted to the centre. (ratio 1:2).
Coat of Arms:
Shield parted per pale; at dexter Azure a lion rampant Argent, crowned Or, armed and tongued Gules; at sinister Gules an orle Argent.
Meaning: Arms and name are taken from the college’s founder John Lord Balliol. The college was founded in 1263, but after the death of the founder his widow Devorgilla of Galloway gave it its first statutes in 1269. The dexter half displays the personal arms of the widow, the sinister half those of the founder.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Coat of arms, 1720

[1720 Arms] image located by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 March 2019

Source: “The arms of the Colleges; &c in Oxford' by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1720


[1720 Arms] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is parted per bend sinister of navy blue and red.

[1720 Arms] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is blue with red loom end.

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Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019