William Godwin's Diary


Still trying to capitalize on the popularity he had enjoyed since his accession to the throne, George IV made a tour of Scotland in August 1822. As president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Walter Scott was responsible for entertaining the king, who was the first monarch to visit Scotland since Charles II was crowned in 1651. Scott insisted that all gentlemen should be dressed in kilts throughout the two-week royal visit and organized balls, processions, a gathering of the clans and a dramatic performance of his novel Rob Roy.

See DNB and Morning Chronicle, 15 August 1822.