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Boston College

Registration number 20061127A

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Boston College are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: On a field Gules, above a trimount in base Or, an open book Argent edged of the second, thereon an inscription αιεν αριστευειν (Ever to Excel); on a chief Sable between two crowns composed of alternate crosses pattee and fleur-de-lis Or, the badge of the Society of Jesus, Azure and Or.
Motto: Religio et Bonis Artibus


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Design rationale

The tinctures, gules and or, are the heraldic equivalents of the College colors, maroon and old gold. The "trimount," represents the city, Tremont, the old name of Boston, Massachusetts. The open book, symbolic of knowledge, is the central charge of the academic shield. The chief is derived from the arms of old Boston, Lincolnshire, England, (Saint Botolph's Town), a field sable, three crowns, of crosses pattee and fleur-de-lis, per pale or; only two crowns are shown, the place of the third being taken by the badge of the Jesuit Order. This badge has a field, azure, rayonne or, enclosing the sacred letters IHS under a cross and above the Sacred Nails, of the second.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, B

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