Two canopied niches depicting, in the *dexter*, Saint Columba with mitre and his right hand raised in benediction whilst his left holds a crozier, and in the *sinister*, the Virgin holding the Child on her left arm. Under a pointed archway beneath is the bishop with mire, kneeling to *sinister* with hands uplifted.
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SECRETV ALANI CATH…… (“Privy seal of Alan, [bishop] of Caithness”)
Dimensions: 2 1/8 × 1 1/8 in.
Note: catalogued by Stevenson and Wood as Alan’s seal, but in fact his personal (secretum) seal, used perhaps as a counterseal.
SW I, p.134.