Seal impression (cast), of Guardians of Scotland

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Seal impression (cast), of Guardians of Scotland

This is a 19th century sulphur cast of a seal impression. The impression was made from the obverse of the Great Seal of the Guardians of Scotland dating from around 1286. Great Seals were used primarily for grants of land.

The seal depicts a shield with the Royal Arms of Scotland. Only part of the inscription, reading '...NI' survives. The gold border is modern cardboard trim.

When Alexander III died childless in 1286, his three year old granddaughter Margaret, daughter to Erik II of Norway, was declared queen. She died in 1290 en route to Scotland. During this period, Scotland was ruled by six 'Guardians', two bishops, two earls and two barons representing the major political factions.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-729-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1999.738
Date: c. 1286
Date of cast: 19th century; Date of seal: Around 1286
Material: Sulphur; brown. Inscription: .....NI
Dimensions: 92 mm L x 72 mm W
What: Seal / cast
Who: Guardians of Scotland
Young Collection
Description: Brown sulphur cast of the obverse of the Great Seal of the Guardians of Scotland, depicting the Royal Arms, c. 1286
  • Stevenson and Wood, i, p.5 no.18 
  • Stevenson, J.H. and Wood, M. Scottish Heraldic Seals - Royal, Official, Ecclesiastical, Collegiate, Burghal, Personal, vol i. Glasgow, 1940, p 5 no. 18. 
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