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Seal matrix, of the Burgh of Canongate, now part of Edinburgh

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Seal matrix, of the Burgh of Canongate, now part of Edinburgh
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This is the seal matrix of the Burgh of Canongate, now part of Edinburgh. It dates from the 16th century and is made of copper.

The matrix depicts a stag with a cross between his antlers. There is a church on the stag's right and a hole pierced on its left. The Latin inscription translates as: 'The Seal of the Burgh of Canongate of Holyrood Abbey'.

The imagery on the matrix refers to the foundation legend of Holyrood Abbey, which relates that a cross came into David I's hands when he was wounded by a stag. On that night, David was advised in a dream to build an abbey on the site of the incident.

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