Sir Walter Scott supervised the rediscovery of the Scottish Crown Jewels - On this day in history
The Crown Jewels of Scotland were rediscovered by a search party led by Sir Walter Scott on 4 February 1818. The jewels were found in Edinburgh Castle. Sir Walter had been given permission to carry out his detailed search of the castle by the future King George IV, after the royal became fascinated with the legend of the jewels and their whereabouts.
The jewels had last been used to crown King Charles II, and after their discovery, King George made Scott a baronet and when the monarch later visited Edinburgh, Scott was given the honour of arranging a ceremonial pageant.
Read more 'on this day in history' entries.