Gonville & Caius College (Cambridge University)

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Country: United Kingdom
Campus/location : Cambridge

Arms (crest) of Gonville & Caius College (Cambridge University)

Official blazon

Arms: Argent, on a chevron between two chevronels indented sable three escallops Or, impaling Or, semee of flowers gentil, in chief a sengreen above two serpents erect and respecting one other all proper, the serpents' tails bound together and resting on a square stone of green marble in base, and between the serpents a closed book sable, edged gules clasped and garnished gold; all within a bordure compony argent and sable.
Crest: On a wreath of the colours, A dove argent, beaked and membered gules, holding in the beak by the stalk a flower gentil stalked vert.


The arms were officially granted in 1575.

Gonville and Caius (Keys) College, founded as Gonville Hall by Edmund Gonville in 1348. and re-founded by John Caius, M.D., in 1557 combine the arms of Gonville and Caius within a bordure compony argent and sable. The personal grant to Dr. Caius. dated 1560, states that the book betokens learning, the serpents and stone " wisdom with grace founded and stayed upon vertue's stable stone," and the sengreen and flowers gentil " immortalitie that shall never fade."

Arms of Gonville & Caius College (Cambridge University)

The arms on a tobacco card, (1922)

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