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The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:2).
Coat of Arms:
Shield Or, a chevron Azure charged with a portcullis Or, in chief two talbots passant Azure, in base a bell Azure.
Motto on white scroll beneath: “SOUVENT ME SOUVIENS” (= Remember me often)
Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878, named after Henry VII.’s mother and had been one of the four women’s colleges. It uses a coat of arms but has deliberately refrained from having it granted, on the grounds that all University Colleges are exempt from the Heralds’ authority by virtue of a charter of Henry IV., confirmed by Henry VIII, and cited successfully at the visitation of 1634. The talbots, a hound with drooping ears, is taken from the arms of Bishop Talbot, one of the founders. The bell is taken from the arms of the Wordsworth family. Dame Elizabeth Wordsworth had been the first Principal of the College. The portcullis is referring to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII and name-giver of the college.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at https://www.theheraldrysociety.com/articles/oxford-university-and-its-colleges/ and
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 February 2019
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is parted per chevron of blue and yellow, pointing to washboard.
Source: (for current versions):
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 March 2019