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Kirkland House, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927B

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Kirkland House, Harvard University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules on a cross Sable fimbriated Argent three mullets in fess of the same.


Joo-Hee Chung, "What are the meaning of the house and graduate school shields?", Harvard Crimson 11/01/2001

Design rationale

John Thorton Kirkland, President of Harvard from 1810-1828, used no coat of arms himself. Thus, when Kirkland House opened in 1931, Pierre de Chaignon la Rose created an entirely new shield with symbols connected to the name Kirkland. The red field refers to the University while the black cross edged with silver comes form the arms of the Dioces of Carlisle, from which the name Kirkland originated. Finally, the three silver stars represent a common feature in the arms of many families bearing the Kirkland name.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, K, H

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