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Broadside report of George IV's sailing to England from Queensferry in 1822


This report opens: 'An account of his Majesty's Embarkation for England, at the Queensferry, on Thursday the 29th day of August, 1822 / Also his Majesty's / Farewell Adress / to the Scottish Nation, which he ordered his Secretary to deliver to the Lords at Edinburgh, a short time before he left that City.' The sheet was published by John Muir in Glasgow.

King George IV (reigned - 1820-30) left Edinburgh and attended a farewell reception at Hopetoun House in South Queensferry. Here 'an assemblage of most of the persons eminent for rank or abilities, in Edinburgh and West Lothian' were present. In the address the King showers praise on Scotland and its people. The sheet also mentions that, while in the capital, King George sat for his portrait with Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).

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: 1822   shelfmark: L.C.Fol.73(036)
Broadside report of George IV's sailing to England from Queensferry in 1822
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