KE’EPER of the great seal. [custos magni sigilli, Latin.] Is a lord
by his office, and called lord keeper of the great seal of Eng-
land, &c. and is of the king’s prviy-council, under whose
hands pass all charters, commissions, and grants of the king,
strengthened by the great or broad seal, without which seal
all such instruments of law are of no force; for the king is,
in interpretation and intendment of law, a corporation, and
therefore passeth nothing firmly, but under the great seal.
This lord keeper, by the statute of 5 Eliz. c. 18. hath the
like jurisdiction, and all other advantages, as hath the lord
chancellor of England. Cowell.