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Broadside entitled 'A Congratulation'


This public notice continues: 'For His Sacred Majesty, CHARLES, the third Monarch of Great Britain, His happy Arrival at WHITEHALL. / By a Loyal Member of His Majesties Army. / Edinburgh, June 13. 1660.'

Charles II, returned to Great Britain in 1660 to reclaim the British throne by right, as the British commonwealth and protectorate dissolved. He arrived in Whitehall, London, on the day of his thirtieth birthday, 29th May 1660, to take British crown. His return was welcomed and these proclamations of congratulations were published all over the country. Scotland first declared Charles king in 1650, upon his first return to Great Britain, and so this must have been an especially joyous sheet to publish.

Broadsides are single sheets of paper, printed on one side, to be read unfolded. They carried public information such as proclamations as well as ballads and news of the day. Cheaply available, they were sold on the streets by pedlars and chapmen. Broadsides offer a valuable insight into many aspects of the society they were published in, and the National Library of Scotland holds over 250,000 of them.

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Date of publication: 1660   shelfmark: S.302.b.2(024)
Broadside entitled 'A Congratulation'
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