People of Medieval Scotland
1093 - 1371

Seal-Matrix: William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238) (counterseal 1)

William Malveisin, bishop of St Andrews (d.1238)
Matrix Shape
pointed oval
Image description (obverse)
Counterseal of 1227. The bishop half-length in profile to *sinister*, with a mitre and his right hand raised in benediction and his left holding a crozier.
Image description (reverse)
Legend (obverse)
SECRETUM SANCTI ANDREE (“Privy seal of Saint Andrews”)
Legend (reverse)
Dimensions: 1 5/8 × 7/8 in. (cf. SCRAN's measurement of 48 × 31 mm and Greenwell and Blair's measurement of 41 × 22 mm.) Not the chapter counterseal. SCRAN describes it as William’s seal but the legend as ‘The Privy Seal of St Andrews’; they date it to c.1202. SW I, p.84. Scran ID: 000-180-001-795-C Durham 3619 (2).