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Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland

Scottish Royal Arms panel from St. Andrews Castle, seat of Cardinal David Beaton, Keeper of the Privy Seal in 1542

The office of Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland, one of the Great Officers of State, first appears in the reign of David II. After the Act of Union 1707 its holder was normally a peer, like the Keeper of the Great Seal. The office has remained unfilled since the death of Gavin, Marquess of Breadalbane in 1922.

Section 3 of the Public Offices (Scotland) Act 1817 limited the salary for the office to a maximum of £1,200 per annum. The salary was paid out of the fees charged for instruments passing the Privy Seal, after the salary of the Deputy Keeper had been paid.

Keepers of the Privy Seal of Scotland


  • J. Haydn, The Book of Dignities, 1894
  • François Velde, in thread "Keepers of the Privy Seal of Scotland, 1874–1907", newsgroup, 26 April 2005

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