The seal is the standard equestrian variety for the knightly classes of that date. The inscription around the edge is not legible, but if it does not say SIGILLUM RAD DE CUNINGBURG, or something very similar, it would be most surprising. I must confess to being rather fond of this seal, with our struggling Yorkshire knight apparently riding a knobby kneed and emaciated pony which leaves his armour clad feet nearly trailing along the ground, but I am sure the reality wasn't a bit like that.
Charter of Ralph de Cuningburgh to the Abbey of Byland (British Library, add. charter 70691). All images by permission of the British Library.

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