Government ministers had pressed
the King to bring forward a proposed visit to Scotland, to divert him King from
diplomatic intrigue at the Congress of the Nations in Vienna.
unkind caricature by some of the king as "our fat friend in tights and a
kilt" - the visit was a great success - there was a marked increase in goodwill
towards the crown and between fellow Scots - and the kilt - banned in Scotland
by the government after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, was, for the first time,
developed as the national dress of Scotland.
|George IV, as depicted in a caricature from
This was then the starting point of the 'tartanification'
of Scottish culture, assiduously cultivated by Walter Scott at the time to try
and improve the monarch's image North of the Border.
Sir David Wilkie painted a flattering portrait of the visit, in which
the King's pink tights are replaced by some altogether more manly bare
knees. But perhaps the caricature (opposite) represents a more accurate
reflection of the day.
Directions: From the plaque make your way further along the Shore
past the ship on your left and past the Shore Bar on your right. Across
the courtyard by Malmasion Hotel is a bench with a statue of a man sitting
down and a harpoon in the corner.