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George IV's visit to Edinburgh on this day in 1822 represented both rehabilitation and a re-invention of Scotland. His tour
guide and master of ceremonies, Sir Walter Scott, was intent on recreating 'Caledonia, stern and wild', as a loyalist and
royalist, 'North Britain'. None of this would Burns have enjoyed. The Hanoverian line had started with George I whose reign
began on August 1st, 1714. Although a great many Roman Catholics had a better claim to the throne vacated by Queen Anne upon
her death, The Act of Settlement of 1701 ensured a Protestant succession. It remains on the statute books today. Predictably,
the Jacobites rose up almost immediately. Equally predictably the revolt failed. Burns wrote this poem about George I. The
later 'German lairdie' would have attracted Burns's scorn too.