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Secrete Sele, Secré Sele, n. Also: secret, secreit(t and seil(l, seile, seal. [ME secre seal (v.r. secret seel) (Piers Plowman), secret seal (1378) (a person's) private seal.Cf. med. L. (Sc.) sigillum secretum the Privy Seal of Scotland (see Privé Sele n.) and F. sceau (OF scel) du secret (Secret n.1: Cf. Secret(e adj. and n. B) (14th c. in Larousse), the French king's privy seal.]

a. In certain burghs, a special or lesser seal of the burgh.Also Privé Sele n. II 6.(a) 1445 Glasgow Chart. II 440.
In witnes of the quhilk [disposition], because I had na sele of myne awn, I have procurit with instance the secrete sele of the burgh of Lithqw to be toput
1508 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I 206.
We haue appensit our secret seill of the said burgh to thir lettres [sc. a grant of stipend]
1525 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 226.
[The petitioner was assoilȝied because he] producit ane testimoniale undir the secrete seile of the toune of Danskin
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I 130.
The prouest bailȝeis [etc.] … ordanit ane procuratory to be maid to Robert Leslye … and selit with thair secreit seile
1551–2 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 14lb (17 March).
Thom Ȝong [etc.] … testifiet that George [Yrland] laitlie decesit … wes … eldar brother to … the said Gilbart [who] askit act in court that ane testimoniale mygcht be gevine thare vpon vnder the secret seil of this burcht
1554 Dundee B. Ct. II fol. 335b (10 Sept.).
The said James to haif ane attentique copie heir of [sc. of a grant of an annual rent] in parchment vnder the secret seill
1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I 383.
In witnes quhairof to this our commissioun … the secreitt seal of our said burgh is affixit
(b) 1458 Perth Guildry 30.
That thair be fraithit hame schip out of Flanderis to the toun and at thair be a letter vnder the secre sele giffin to twa thre or four of merchandis saleand to fraithit that schip

b. = Privé Sele n. 1. 1596 Dalr. II 354/24, 25.
The erle of Cassilis is maid thesaurer of the realme, … Abbat of Coupper Keiper of the secreit seil … Lord Rubie Frencheman Keiper of the kingis seil

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