Balliol College Archives & Manuscripts


Other manifestations of college arms

Balliol is full of odd (mis)uses of college heraldry. A popular one with the Boat Club, which persisted as late as the 1950s, is the use of the royal arms of Scotland with the Balliol orle, which is wrong on two counts: the royal arms should not be present, and Dervorguilla is missed out entirely.
Dervorguilla's seal displays not only the lion of Galloway and the Balliol orle but two other shields representing Dervorguilla's august English relatives as well: on the left, three garbs for the Earl of Chester; and on the right, two piles meeting toward the base for the Earl of Huntingdon.






- Anna Sander

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