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Guardians' seal

This image shows the impression of a seal used by the Guardians of Scotland during their period of rule (1286-91). The royal arms of Scotland are on one side, and St Andrew on his saltireGlossary term - opens in a pop-up window cross on the other. No image of a monarch is depicted, since there was no reigning king or queen, but both images are strong symbols of Scottish independence and nationhood.

Reference: National Archives of Scotland, Laing's seal casts, 18 (reverse; date: c.1286)
By kind permission of The National Archives of Scotland.

Guardians' seal
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