The ‘Yale-Baby’ has a special connotation and I have the words ‘Yale’ inscribed on my room’s door key, but till recently I did not ever take the efforts to know what the word ‘Yale’ connotes. It was yesternight that Robin Lamboll, a good friend in College, told me that the goat-like mythical creatures on the crest of the college heraldic symbol were called ‘Yale’.
So what exactly are they?
Also known as the Centicore, this mythical beast is found in European heraldry and mythology. It is often described as a goat-like creature with large, magical horns that can swivel in any direction.
The Yale is among the heraldic beasts used by the British Royal Family. It had been used by England’s House of Beaufort. Henry VII’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort was the first to connect the British monarchy with the heraldic legacy which included the Yale. Lady Margaret Beaufort was a benefactor of Cambridge’s Christ’s College and St John’s College and her yale supporters can be seen on the college gates. One can also fine Yales on the roof of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. In the United States, the Yale as a heraldic symbol that is weakly associated with Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut). The Yale is depicted on the official banner of the President of the University.
All in all, as I was discussing with Robin, the Yale seems to be an eminent member of the family of mythical creatures whose magical characteristics seem to be somewhat uninteresting in comparison to say Medusa’s stare or Laelaps destiny. Nonetheless, an interesting creature surely!