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Walter Scott describes the moment when he unearthed the Honours of Scotland.
Writing to his friend John Wilson Croker, Scott tells how they lifted the lid of an old oak chest, discovering the Honours of Scotland inside.
The Honours – Scotland’s crown jewels – had lain unused since the Union of the Parliaments between Scotland and England over a century before. Scott got permission from the Prince Regent – later George IV – to open the Crown Room where they were stored. Once rediscovered, they were put on public view.