HONOURS OF SCOTLAND
It was known that, at the Treaty of Union in 1707, when the old Scots Parliament was dissolved for ever (`the end of an auld sang'), the Scottish Regalia had been deposited within Edinburgh Castle. No more appropriate resting-place for these revered relics of Scotland's sovereignty could have been found. As the years passed, there were disturbing rumours that the ancient regalia had been quietly removed to London.
largely by the intercession of that super-patriot Sir Walter Scott,
authority was obtained from the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1818
to make a search of the castle. In an oak chest within what is now the
Crown Room, with Scott among the spectators, there was found the precious
regalia, including the crown that had been made in the time of the great
Bruce. Scott's emotions have been recorded by the historian James Grant:
`The joy was therefore extreme when, the ponderous lid having been forced
open ... the regalia were discovered lying at the bottom covered with
linen cloths, exactly as they had been left in 1707.'
Honours of Scotland
Sword of State