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Oxford University - Pembroke College (England)

The Master, Fellows and Scholars of Pembroke College

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[Flag of Pembroke College] image by Randy Young, 4 July 2016
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Description of the flag

On a recent trip to Oxford, I noticed that most of the colleges of the universities had armorial banners flying. The Pembroke College flag is a banner of arms quartered white-yellow-blue-red. In the white quarter is a red rose; in the yellow quarter is a thistle; in each of the blue and red quarters is a white lion rampant, and a third lion rampant lies on the join between the red and blue quarters.
Dave Fowler, 4 July 2016

The flag is a banner of arms (ratio 1:2).
Coat of Arms:
Shield parted per fess; above parted per pale; at dexter Argent a rose Gules, barbed Vert and seeded Or (acc. to blazon: proper); at sinister Or thistle proper, i.e. Vert blossomed Purple; beneath parted per pale of Azure and Gules three lions rampant Argent.
Broadgates Hall was succeeded by Pembroke College which was founded by King James I in 1624 “at the costs and charges of Thomas Tesdale and Richard Wightwick.” The arms used were granted by Richard St. George in 1625. The lower part of the shield shows the arms of Herbert Earls of Pembroke, as at the time of foundation William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke was Chancellor of Oxford. The lower partition is referring to the founder, the rose representing England and the thistle Scotland.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Boat club flag

[Flag of the College Boat Club] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 March 2019

Flag like Isis Societies flag with a Tudor Rose but with a different ratio (1:2). Maybe the Lancaster Rose in the 1930s flag had been depicted erroneously.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 March 2019

[Flag of Pembroke College]

The china beaker was made by the W. H. Goss of Stoke-on-Trent. The Registration Number 60863 on the piece was first used in 1886. The Goss Factory produced boat club flags for Oxford boating clubs - this one for the Pembroke College.
David Wiscombe, 4 and 13 September 2017


[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 March 2019
Blade is white with red washboard..

[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 March 2019
Blade is blue with two yellow stripes.

[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 March 2019
Blade is white.

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Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 March 2019