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Bishop’s University (Canada)

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[Bishop’s University flag]
by Luc Baronian

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I saw this flag for the first time on St Patrick's Day 2002, in Montreal. Here is the text regarding the full coat of arms from the university:

The new Coat of Arms was presented to Bishop's University by His Excellency the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada, at the Sesquicentennial Convocation held December 9, 1993 in Centennial Theatre. In these Arms, the Cross of St. George, the Book and the Mitre connect us with our historic roots. The crossed croziers in the first quarter symbolize our relationship with the Bishops of Montreal and Québec. The crest stands on a compartment representing the St. Francis and the Massawippi Rivers flowing through the green hills of the Eastern Townships. The supporters stand for the white-tailed dear and the black bear, both animals native to this area. The motto featured on the coat of arms, Recti cultus pectora roborant, has been translated as Sound learning strengthens the spirit. The badge consists of crossed croziers behind a purple alligator wearing red bishop's gaiters: an heraldic pun in the ancient tradition. The badge can be used for less formal purposes, such as team uniforms, beer mugs, banners etc. The official University Badge (left) was presented by the Governor General together with the Coat of Arms in 1993. In the tradition of the heraldic pun, the 'gator is wearing his "gaiters". The flag includes a representation of the basic crest, on a silver background with purple bands.
Luc Baronian, 8 May 2005