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The pageantry in the streets of Edinburgh was organised by William Drummond of Hawthornden. He presented a tableau, where the gods of Olympus, the. Kings of Scotland and other Scottish worthies appeared with the spirit of Scotland. A nymph representing the spirit of Edinburgh with Religion on her right and Justice on her left, presented Charles with the keys to the city in a silver basin.

One of the Lords accompanying the King was Sir James, Hay, Earl of Carlisle, born at Carnbee in Fife. He was the keeper of the Great Wardrobe and concentrated on the finer things of life. Possibly the most extravagant Scot ever, he received nearly half a million pounds from the Crown during his life, (not including his own, extensive property) yet died leaving nothing whatsoever. He was probably the organiser of the banqueting during Charles’ visit.

Among his well documented stunts was the “Ante-Supper”. When the guests arrived they were greeted by the sight of a Magnificent banquet laid out on the tables. After they had walked around and admired everything it was, naturally, getting cold. So, the entire wonderful feast was removed and replaced with an identical banquet which was then eaten, hot!
His charm and generosity (at the exchequer’s expense) meant that despite being an “upstart Scot”, he had no enemies, only friends at the English court.
Throughout Charles’ visit, despite the efforts by both the Scots and the King, all the pomp and pageantry could not paper over the cracks that were beginning to show in their relationship.

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