Seal impression (cast)

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of Dunfermline, Fife

Postcard of Seal impression (cast).
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Seal impression (cast)

This is a 19th century sulphur cast of a seal impression. The impression was made from the obverse of the Cokete Seal of Dunfermline, dating from around 1312. A Cokete Seal was used by customs officials based in burghs.

The seal depicts St Margaret holding a sceptre and book flanked by two shields, one bearing the Royal Arms and the other the arms of Dunfermline. The legend '+ S'COKETE REGALITATIS.DE. DVNFERMELYNN' translates as 'Cokete Seal of the regality of Dunfermline'. The gold border is modern cardboard trim.

Margaret, descended from Anglo-Saxon kings of England, married King Malcolm III of Scotland in 1070. She became noted for her learning and piety. Margaret founded Dunfermline Abbey in 1072. Later, in 1250, she was canonised.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-739-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1999.802
Date: Date of cast: 19th century; Date of seal: Around 1312
Material: Sulphur; brown. Inscription: + S'COKETE REGALITATIS.DE. DVNFERMELYN
Dimensions: 60 mm D
What: Seal / cast
Who: St Margaret of Scotland
Where: Scotland, Fife, Dunfermline
Description: Brown sulphur cast of the obverse of the Cokete Seal of Dunfermline, depicting St Margaret between shields bearing the royal arms and the arms of Dunfermline, c. 1312
  • Stevenson and Wood, i, p. 51, no 1 
  • Stevenson, J.H. and Wood, M. Scottish Heraldic Seals - Royal, Official, Ecclesiastical, Collegiate, Burghal, Personal, vol i. Glasgow, 1940, p 51, no 1. 
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