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Oxford University - Merton College (England)

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[Flag of Merton College] image located by Jan Mertens, 22 February 2009
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Description of the flag

Merton College of Oxford University flag is shown at, a Flickr photo by "etnobofin" uploaded 23 Jun 2007. It is a banner of arms - see college website at
Jan Mertens, 22 November 2008

The arms are of Walter of Merton, Bishop of Rochester and founder of the college. Unlike many of the other Oxford colleges, the college arms are not modified slightly from those of the founder.
(1) Personal conversation, Postmaster of Merton College, May 1989
(2) Personal observation and photograph, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, 17 November 2008 (Walter is depicted on an painting attached to the altar there, along with his arms and those of his diocese. Walter's parents appear to be buried there.)
(3) National Portrait Gallery, D23972, Walter de Merton, Bishop of Rochester, artist Rudolph Ackermann, dated early nineteenth century, as consulted 23 November 2008
(4) ibid, National Portrait Gallery, D23974
(5) ibid, National Portrait Gallery, D23973
(6) Malden, The Environs of London: volume 1: County of Surrey (1792), pp. 332-337, as consulted, 23 November 2008
Colin Dobson, 23 November 2008

Blazon: “Or, three chevrons per pale, the first Azure and Gules, the second Gules and Azure, the third as the first” found here:
Jan Mertens, 22 February 2009