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George IV visits Scotland


King George IV visits Scotland, the first reigning British monarch to do so since Charles II in 1650. George landed at Leith on the 15th August, 1822 and travelled on to Edinburgh. His visit was stage-managed by famous author Sir Walter Scott, who wished to demonstrate the loyalty of the King's Scottish subjects, while re-assuring the Scots that George supported them. The visit was an unqualified success, bringing great excitement locally and tremendous enthusiasm for all things Scottish from the English nobility. It is commemorated by several statues.

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