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The Forth and Clyde Canal

King George IV’s
Visit to Scotland

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King George IV's Visit to Scotland

A right Royal occasion

In 1822 Capt. Taylor instructed by Stevenson to take the Rt. Hon. Lord Willoughby de Broke to the Isle of May and Bell Rock, probably in some way connected to the impending visit of King George IV.

In his letter to His Lordship, Stevenson says: “Mr Taylor who accompanies the Antelope to the Bell Rock is also an excellent Pilot on the East coast. He was long master of the Bell Rock Tender, but is now Storekeeper at Leith for the Lighthouse Service. He will land the party with great safety at the Isle of May and the Bell Rock Lighthouse. He is also a good pilot into the Frith and River of Tay . . .”

King George IV's arrival at Leith on his first visit to Scotland in 1822

Some weeks later, saw the arrival of King George IV in Edinburgh, the first visit of a British monarch to Scotland since Charles II in 1650. Grant’s “Edinburgh Old and New” describes the scene: “One of the greatest events of its time in Leith was the landing there of George IV, on the 15th August 1822. The King was on board the ‘Royal George’, which was towed in the Roads by two steam-packets, followed by the escorting frigates, which fired salutes that were answered by the flagship and ‘Forte’ frigate; and a salute from the battery announced that all had come to anchor.”

There can be little doubt that the Establishment of the Commissioners of Northern Light-houses were in full attendance that day to ensure the safe arrival of the King!

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