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Oxford University - Brasenose College (England)

The King's Hall and College of Brasenose

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[Flag of Brasenose College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2018
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Description of the flag

Two photos of the Brasenose College (Oxford University) flag – in this case, half-staffed - are linked to a Flickr photo (flag highlighted) by “seadipper” uploaded 9 Nov 2005 and at "This is Oxfordshire, 8 Aug 2008.
Jan Mertens, 22 February 2009

The flag is a banner of arms with a simplified or differenced sinister quarter. (ratio 1:2).
Coat of Arms:
Shield tierced in pale, at dexter Argent, a chevron Sable between three roses Gules seeded Or, barbed Vert; in centre Or, an inescutcheon Gules, two lions passant guardant Or, armed and tongued Azure in pale; on a chief Azure Our Lady crowned, seated on a tombstone issuant from the chief, in her dexter arm the Infant Jesus, in her sinister arm a sceptre, all or ensigned with a mitre proper; at sinister quarterly, first and fourth Argent, a chevron Sable between three bugle-horns Sable; second and third Argent, a Chevron between three crosses crosslet Sable.
In 1507 Bishop Smith (or Smyth) of Lincoln and Richard Sutton conceived the idea of founding a College. In 1509 the foundation stone of the college was laid. It was then called The King’s College of Brasenose, now generally known as B.N.C. The inescutcheon displays the arms of the Bishopric of Lincoln. The dexter side displays the personal arms of Bishop Smith, the sinister side those of Richard Sutton (horns) quartered with those of Southworth (crosses). On the flag the arms are simplified as follows: No changes are made on the dexter side; in centre the pattern of the inescutcheon fills the whole third, shield, mitre and scarves are omitted; on the sinister side the arms of Sutton and Southworth are not quartered but set in pale. Sutton had been the first layman to found a college.
Source: John P. Brooke-Little: Oxford University and its Colleges, Oxford 1962(?), available online at and and,_Oxford.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 February 2019

Coat of arms, 1720

[1720 Arms] image located by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 March 2019

Source: “The arms of the Colleges; &c in Oxford' by J. Owen & E. Bowen c.1720

Current Boat Club flag

[Boat Club Flag of Brasenose College] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 March 2019

The current flag is yellow with ratio 1:2. It is more or less a revival of the flag of the corresponding Isis Society. It displays the full arms of the college, having nearly the total flag height and superimposing a pair of black boat club oars in saltire.
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Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 March 2019


[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is black.

[Blade] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019
Blade is black with yellow washboard.

Sources: (for 1930s): and
Source: (for current versions):
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 March 2019