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'The Honours of Scotland'. The discovery of the Scottish Regalia

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'The Honours of Scotland'. The discovery of the Scottish Regalia 1822

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This drawing by David Wilkie shows the rediscovery of the Scottish regalia, also known as the ‘Honours of Scotland’, in 1818. Having been smuggled out of Edinburgh Castle in politically turbulent times, the Scottish Crown, Sceptre and Sword of State were returned following the Act of Union between England and Scotland in 1707. They were locked away in the Crown Room, but over the years their location was forgotten and it was rumoured that they had been taken to England. With the support of the Prince Regent, on 4 February 1818, Sir Walter Scott and a group of Officers of State forced open two sealed doors and a great oak chest, in which they found the regalia wrapped in linen and in perfect condition. Since then, they have been on permanent display in Edinburgh Castle.


  • Acc. No. PG 2069
  • Medium Pencil and watercolour on paper
  • Size 13.70 x 18.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1967