Keeper of the great seal

Also found in: Wikipedia.
a high officer of state, who has custody of the great seal. The office is now united with that of lord chancellor.

See also: Keeper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
It was upon a cold day in January in 1560 that Francis Bacon "came crying into the world."* He was born in a fine house and was the child of great people, his father being Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. But although his father was one of the most important men in the kingdom, we know little about Francis as a boy.
[Footnote: Macaulay's well-known essay on Bacon is marred by Macaulay's besetting faults of superficiality and dogmatism and is best left unread.] Francis Bacon, intellectually one of the most eminent Englishmen of all times, and chief formulator of the methods of modern science, was born in 1561 (three years before Shakspere), the son of Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal under Queen Elizabeth and one of her most trusted earlier advisers.
This is because the office is the Keeper of the Great Seal of the United States and, thus, is the primary customer service provider to the White House for all documents on which the Great Seal is affixed.
Its correct use, the Lord Lyon will point out, is restricted to only a few Great Officers who officially represent the Sovereign, including the First Minister as Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland.
He was also a younger brother of Francis North, first Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal under Charles II, who was much involved in the legal wrangling over the Exclusion Crisis, as well as the trials after the Popish Plot and the Rye House Plot, and was, therefore, reviled by the Whig opposition.
This time the desperate duo abandon the Wild West for the West End when a dastardly Englishman in league with a renegade Chinese nobleman murders Chon's father, keeper of the Great Seal of China.
The Lord Chancellor was keeper of the Great Seal under which the Sovereign's letters were made patent, eg for the appointment of bishops.
The ancient office of Lord High Chancellor of England - later Great Britain - and Keeper of the Great Seal overflowed with tradition and pomp.
THE 62-year-old Duke is Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland and Chief of the Clan Campbell.
By the beginning of 1598 Donne had become a secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, lord keeper of the great seal, in an office that was then a recognized path to high public appointments.
The First Minister, as Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland, is one of the Crown representatives permitted to use the Arms.