People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Seal-Matrix: William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238)

William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238)
Matrix Shape
pointed oval
Image description (obverse)
Single-sided seal depicting the bishop in profile to *sinister* with mitre, standing on an inverted crescent with his right hand raised in benediction and his left holding a crozier turned outward. At each side an *estoile* of six points *wavy*.
Image description (reverse)
Legend (obverse)
SI/GILL’ WILL’ DEI G[R]A SCOTTOR EPISCOPI (“Seal of William, by the grace of God, bishop of the Scots”)
Legend (reverse)
Dimensions: 3 × 1 7/8 in. (cf. SCRAN's measurement of 73 × 53 mm. and Greenwell and Blair's measurement of 76 × 22 mm.) According to Canon Greenwell, ‘by the same engraver as he who made the seals of Richard, Bp. of Dunkeld, and Bricius, Bp. of Moray’. SW I, p.84. Scran ID: 000-180-001-764-C (legend partially missing) Durham 3619 (1) (dated to 1204).