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Circular bronze seal-matrix of Bishop Andrew Honyman of Orkney. It has a socket at the back in which is fixed a wooden handle. The façade of a building with three ogival arches surmounted by brickwork and a central tower with windows in two stages. Under the central arch St. Magnus robed and mitred as a bishop holding in his right hand a long staff; on the arch above his head is an inscription. At the base a shield of arms between scrolls, quarterly, 1, on a bend three mullets, 2, 3, a fess chequy, 4, a flaming heart encircled with a wreath; over all a fess charged with three crescents, the two outer reversed. Legend. Conventional foliate border. With wax impression.
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Diameter: 7.70 centimetres
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- Text from 'Catalogue of British Seal-Dies in the British Museum', A.B. Tonnochy, London 1952, cat. no. 937.
B.M. 'Cat. of Seals', no. 15086.
Andrew Honyman, Archdeacon of St. Andrews, author of the Seasonable Care and Survey of Naphtali, became Bishop of Orkney in 1664. In July 1668 he was shot in Edinburgh by one Mitchell, with a poisoned bullet which greatly impaired his health, and he died in February, 1676, being buried in Kirkwall Cathedral (R. Keith, 'Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops', p. 228, Edinburgh, 1824).
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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