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University of Glasgow Coat of Arms

University of Glasgow Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the University of Glasgow has its roots in the fifteenth century, but the coat of arms we use today at the University wasn’t formalized and registered with the Court of Lord Lyon (a standing court of law which regulates heraldry in Scotland) until the 1890s. Since then, the coat of arms have gone through several redesigns, including two in the past 15 years. This particular coat of arms looks like it dates from eons ago, but considering its location on the side of the Memorial Chapel, just above the entrance to One A The Square (the cafe and brassiere), I’d say it dates back to around 1929. Ish.
The tree, the bird, the bell and the fish are associated with the miracles of the founder of the city of Glasgow, St Kentigern (or St Mungo), which comes from an old rhyme:

Here’s the Tree that never grew
Here’s the Bird that never flew
Here’s the Bell that never ran
Here’s the Fish that never swam.

The mace in the middle and the open book at the top represent the University itself, being the University Mace from 1465 and The Book of Learning. Note that the mace and the fish together make an anchor. I can’t find out if it’s intentional or not, but I assume it to be a nod to Glasgow’s shipbuilding days.
More on the University’s coat of arms can be found on the University of Glasgow Story website, and more photos of the various versions of the coat of arms around campus can be found here. As I’ve said before, I’m going to try to find as many of the University’s coats of arms around campus so if you know of any that I haven’t posted yet, let me know.

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