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Oxford University - Jesus College (England)

Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation

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[Flag of Jesus College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

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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 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 ( ). The uniforms at do sport silvery/white stags with golden horns; but at the local boat club (, the stags are fully white.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 11 July 2008

The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 2:3).
Coat of Arms:
Shield Vert Vert, three stags passant Argent attired Or ordered 2:1.
The college was founded in 1571 by Queen Elizabeth on the petition of Doctor Hugh Price. The origin of the arms is unknown as they don’t match any arms of any Price family. Originally the shield was Azure and the stags had been attired Argent.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Middle Common Room

[Middle Common Room] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 March 2019

The flag is green with ratio approx. 2:3, displaying a stag passant Argent attired Or.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 March 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

Boat Club flags

[Boat Club flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 March 2019

A green-white-green vertical triband was found on the programme of the 1938 Torpids.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 March 2019

[Boat Club flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 March 2019

A white flag, displaying a purplish red dragon rampant, holding a white flag fimbriated green with green pole and a red Greek cross on its bunting. The crest of the boat club has the same pattern with the dragon red and crossed green oars beneath the dragon.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 March 2019


[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is green.

Source: (for current versions):
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019