I realize that I am alone in most of my geek-outs about Aberdeen, but I'm coming to terms with that.
I walk by Marischal College occasionally. I went by there recently and noticed that, yes, indeed, we will likely not have graduation ceremonies in Mitchell Hall. I'm not sure of the actual circumstances, but I do know that major works are going on and the scuttlebutt is that the University was not keeping it up in the way a Grade A building should be, thus the government has taken it off their hands for a while. Where the truth lies, I definitely don't know.
Anyway, I decided to take some close shots of the arms over the entrance to the courtyard. I (and hundreds of other people) have shot the entrance gate previously, but I thought that I would post the photos along with the heraldric blazons for the fun of it. (marnanel
may be one of the few to share my enjoyment of the language of blazons.)
There are seven coats of arms above the gate. Six are obvious: Mitchell
for Mitchell Hall, Old Aberdeen
and (New) Aberdeen
for location, Keith
for the Earl Marischal founder of Marischal College, Elphinstone
for William Elphinstone founder of King's College, and a quarterly version
of the two locations and two founders' arms.
The seventh, with quite a complicated blazon, is for Lord Strathcona
, a Scottish-born Canadian. He was rector for a few years ending in 1902 and then elected Chancellor for life! This was apparently due to his large contributions to the University.
There is a book
about him and a large portion is available for preview on Google Books. I think I may have to buy this.
I find it interesting that I've never heard anything about the man before, but apparently he was quite a big deal to the university not all that long ago.
Something new everyday.Also, if anyone is better at blazoning than me, please let me know because all but the Aberdeen arms are my own muddle through trying to work them out. Specifically, should I say that the men in the canoe are vested azure as well? Surely that's not just assumed under proper?