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The Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University

Registration number 20060928U

This certifies that the heraldic arms of The Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Ermine, a lion rampant Vert.



Design rationale

This coat is a simplified form of the arms used by the Revered Jonathan Edwards himself. He had it engraved upon the most valuable piece of silver in his possession - a tankard purchased by him with money present by his congregation in Stockbridge. The tankard, now in the New Haven Historical Society, was made about 1757 by Zachariah Brigden, silversmith, of Boston, who had learned his art as apprentice to Jonathan's kinsman, Thomas Edwards, The arms which it beards do not indicate the color of the lion. In the arms of the College the lion is green, the color adopted by the College some years ago. - c. 1938

The green rearing lion symbolizes courage and purity of heart. Its crimson tongue and nails exhibit willingness to pursue its goals with passion both of speech and strength. The veil of white that surrounds the lion symbolizes the Grace of God, and the other eleven residential colleges are represented by the eleven black daggers (a later modification of the crest).

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, Y, J

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