The King at Holyrood

 

Greatbach's engraving is made after Sir David Wilkie's The Entrance of King George the Fourth at Holyrood, begun in 1823 and completed in 1829. It shows the King, accompanied by trumpeters, a page, and the Exon of the Yeoman of Guard, arriving in front of the Palace of Holyrood.

Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace, is offering him the keys of the Palace. Before the entrance of the building, in full Highland dress, stands George 6th Duke of Argyll, Hereditary Master of the Household in Scotland. Behind him three mounted figures bear the Honours of Scotland: Sir Alexander Keith, the Knight Marischal bears the Crown; Lord Francis Leveson-Gower, representing his mother the Countess of Sutherland, bears the Sceptre; George 17th Earl of Morton bears the Sword of State.

Standing to the right of the Knight Marischal, as his Page of Honour, is Sir Walter Scott's younger son Charles. Scott himself is the third figure from the left, standing next to John, 4th Earl of Hopetoun who is wearing the uniform of Captain-General of the Royal Company of Archers.

 

 

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