The History of Leith

August 24, 2012

The Grey banquet

On the 15th September, 1834, there occurred the
only local event of interest since the visit of
George IV.—the Grey banquet. A great portion
of the citizens had signalised themselves in their
zeal for the Reform Bill, the passing of which, in
August, 1832, they celebrated by a grand procession
of the trades, amounting to more than
15,000 men, and about the date above mentioned,
Earl Grey entered the city amid a vast concourse
of admirers. He was presented with the freedom
On the 15th September, 1834, there occurred the
only local event of interest since the visit of
George IV.—the Grey banquet. A great portion
of the citizens had signalised themselves in their
zeal for the Reform Bill, the passing of which, in
August, 1832, they celebrated by a grand procession
of the trades, amounting to more than
15,000 men, and about the date above mentioned,
Earl Grey entered the city amid a vast concourse
of admirers. He was presented with the freedom
of the city in a gold box, and was afterwards entertained
at a public banquet, in a pavilion erected
for the occasion, 113 feet long by 101 broad, in
the eastern compartment of the High School on
the south side of the Calton Hill. Archibald,
Earl of Rosebery, K.T., in absence of the Dukp
of Hamilton, occupied the chair.

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of the city in a gold box, and was afterwards entertained
at a public banquet, in a pavilion erected
for the occasion, 113 feet long by 101 broad, in
the eastern compartment of the High School on
the south side of the Calton Hill. Archibald,
Earl of Rosebery, K.T., in absence of the Dukp
of Hamilton, occupied the chair.

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