are fortunate to have such a fine Museum in Caerleon. However, it
does seem a shame that only the Roman history of the area is reflected
in the artefacts on display. This was not always the case
when first established, objects on display in the museum dated from
pre-Roman to civil war times. This item is such an example.
This is an
engraving of a cast of an original seal of the former mayors of
Caerleon. The cast, which was displayed in the Museum, was donated
in the mid 19th century by Henry Montonnier Hawkins of Tredunnock.
In 1860 he explained how he came by the object as follows:
looking over, some years since, a box of old papers, deeds, and
other curiosities which had belonged to the late William Nicholl,
Esq., of Caerleon (my grandfather), I found in a small box the
impression in red wax; and upon it written, 'Taken from the seal
of the Mayor of Caerleon;' but when or how it came into my grandfather's
possession I know not. He might have seen the old, original seal
in the possession of some one in Caerleon, and had the impression
taken off; or he might have only come into the possession of the
impression, taken perhaps many years before, and perhaps the only
remains in my grandfather's time of the mayor's seal, which might
have been taken many years previously. The impression that I found
was destroyed by the cast that was taken from it.
of Caerleon's seal was most likely granted by one of the Welsh
Lords of Caerleon, being part of the arms of the Lords, who used
three castles on their seal."