Victoria Leaves the Fair City

From the Northern Warder and General Advertiser for the Counties of Fife, Perth and Forfar – Tuesday 13 September 1842

WEDNESDAY [7 SEPTEMBER]. DEPARTURE OF HER MAJESTY FOR THE HIGHLANDS. Although it was well known that her Majesty would not leave Scone Palace till eleven o’clock on Wednesday forenoon, yet so anxious were her Royal subjects of the Fair City and neighbourhood to have a farewell look at their beloved Sovereign, that the whole of the way from Scone to Bridgend, and from the Bridge down Charlotte Street along the Crescent, up Athole Street, and for a great distance along the Dunkeld Road —in fact, as far as the eye could reach— was literally crowded with happy thousands, nearly two hours before the intended time of departure. Her Majesty started from Scone about half past eleven, and had passed the Barracks and was gliding on her way to Dunkeld by quarter to twelve. Along the whole of the animated line the cheering was hearty and loud, and was graciously acknowledged both her Majesty and Prince Albert, the latter of whom bowed repeatedly the exulting crowd, as the Royal carriage passed rapidly along.

In the morning the Magistrates of Perth sent deputation to the Palace to solicit the honour of her Majesty’s signature in the Guildry books, in imitation of the precedents followed James VI. and Charles I.

Sir Robert Peel examined the ancient records with much interest, especially the following signatures:—

Parcere subjettis et debellare suporbos.

Nemo impune lacessit.
July 24.1650. CHARLES R.

Sir Robert having carried the book to the Queen, her Majesty and the Prince recorded their names as follows:

Dieu et mon Droit.
Scone Palace, September 7. 1842.

Treu und Fest.
Scone Palace. September 7. 1842.

Sir Robert treated the deputation with great affability. In reference to the arrangements for her Majesty ‘s entrance into Perth, he said —“The arrangements were most admirable, and the scene was beautiful. 1 never saw anything so striking in all my life. I wrote off last night to Sir James Graham, telling him of your admirable arrangements, and how well order was observed. I was quite delighted with the reception her Majesty ; and these sentiments, I assure you, are participated in her Majesty and Prince Albert.”