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Laval University (Canada)

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[Laval University flag]
by Luc Baronian

[Laval University flag]
by Luc Baronian

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Laval University in Quebec City flies a banner of arms. I am not sure whether the flag is 1:2 or 2:3. The arms inverse the color-metal pairs of those of Monseigneur François de Montmorency-Laval, first bishop of New France, who founded the Quebec Seminary in 1663, from which Laval University was to stem in 1852.

On the family arms, the alerions were originally 4 in number, but after Mathieu II de Montmorency took Emma de Laval as his wife around 1218 A.D., they multiplied to 16. Five scallops were added onto the cross in 1250 when Guy VII de Montmorency inherited the lands of his half brother, Mathieu d'Attichy.

Interestingly, the city of Laval (a suburb of Montreal) also uses a variation on the family arms of François de Laval by inversing the metals (Ed: arms not shown on FOTW):


Laval Family University City
shield: Or Gules Argent
cross: Gules Or Gules
alerions: Azure Argent Azure
scallops: Argent Azure Or

Note that the Commune de Laval in France uses the original family arms, which were gules, a leopard or.

Sources: Mairie de Laval (France). Maynard, Diane & Eraud, Dominique, "Armoiries de Laval et de ses seigneurs", Mayenne Archéologie Histoire, n°18, 1995.
Luc Baronian, 29 May 2005

Luc wonders if the flag is 1:2 or 2:3. I can say that the flag is 2:3 after seeing 2 in Quebec city flying next to the provincial flag of Quebec.
Marc Pasquin, 22 January 2006