'Kilts Versus Breeches'

The Royal Visit, Tourism and Scottish National Memory

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)

George IV’s visit to Scotland in 1822 not only involved the royal entourage but also attracted thousands of ordinary people to Edinburgh. These early tourists encountered a largely invented spectacle of Scottish history and traditions that was designed to create a unified memory of the national past, despite the reality of a sharp division between Highlands and Lowlands. This article examines how the tourist gaze helped shape a new Scottish national memory and identity.


The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)