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Thursday, 28 December 2006

University of King's College

The University of King's College was founded in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1789. The Windsor campus was granted a Royal Charter by King George III in 1802. King's was the first university to be established in English Canada, and is now the oldest English-speaking university in the British Commonwealth outside Britain and continues to celebrate King George III's birthday with a holiday from classes every year.

There had already been one King's College in the New World. Founded by King George II in New York in 1756, its short life ended with the American Revolution, and the old "King's" was reorganized as Columbia University.

King's in Windsor was founded by United Empire Loyalists who moved to Nova Scotia in the wake of the Revolution. During the 19th century all students were required to take oaths confirming their devotion to the Anglican Church.

In 1920 a fire ravaged the College, burning its main building to the ground -- thus raising the question of how (or even whether) King's was to survive. But King's was determined to carry on, and so accepted the terms of a generous grant from the Carnegie Foundation to rebuild not in Windsor but in Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, entering into association with Dalhousie University.

When World War II broke out King's was requisitioned by the military for the training of naval officers. King's functioned as a "stone frigate", providing a facility for navigation training before officers were sent to their ships. From 1941 to 1945, the College buildings became His Majesty's Canadian Ship, "HMCS King's", where officers were trained for the Royal Canadian Navy. In reflection of this naval past, the student bar on campus is still known as the HMCS King's Wardroom, or simply "the Wardroom."

During the war the Germans would occasionally broadcast names of Allied ships they had sunk. Because the ships had to keep radio silence these reports could not be verified, and it was suspected that many were false. Allies circulated lists of non-active ships in the hopes of feeding the Germans disinformation; when the German's broadcast that they had sunk HMCS King's their ruse was made plain.

Queen Elizabeth II approved the new coat of arms devised by the College of Arms in London in 1963 replacing the old one for which, it had been discovered, no permission had ever been given by any recognized authority. The Latin motto Deo Legi Regi Gregi translated means For God, Law, King, People. Having a Royal Charter, King's is permitted to use the crown above the arms.

On the crest, the crown to the left of the Pascal Lamb represents Oxford University on which King's is patterned. The Pascal Lamb represents the Fredericton Diocese. The St. Andrew's Cross (with the Pastoral Staff and the Key) symbolizes the Nova Scotia Diocese. Prince Edward Island, which is part of the Diocese of Nova Scotia, is represented by four green trees.



Larry said...

SPECIAL NOTE-The university-SFU in Burnaby,B.C.,one of their lefty political boards sadly recently decided to remove the two crosses on this university Coat of Arms. I've seen a photo of this Coat of Arms-the two small crosses look perfectly fine there. Plus the two crosses are part of this CoA history and tradition. Simon Fraser, himself most likely was a Christian. He is burried in a single grave with his wife at a Catholic cemetery in St.Andrews Canada. Simon Fraser, family his mom and dad were loyalist too. {This is complete nonsense this SFU board doing-should be stoped!.}

Anonymous said...

The SFU Board is not a heraldic authority, so they have no jurisdiction to make a unilateral change, unless of course they applied to make the change, and the change was granted. Chartered bodies and organizations under royal patronage can't just do what they feel like. Thanks for this Larry. It's worth checking into.

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