NT2573 : Please take your partner for the next dance...

taken 6 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Please take your partner for the next dance...
Please take your partner for the next dance...
And be quick about it, before the chaperone arrives!

Visitors to the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms in George Street on Doors Open Day 2012.


Two balls took place here in the royal presence during George IV's visit in 1822.

"...and on the left was the grand entrance into the large Assembly Room. This was done up with great magnificence. At the top of the room was a raised dais covered with crimson cloth, and magnificent velvet chairs placed along it. In the middle, a little raised, a beautiful canopy of crimson velvet, bordered with gold, within which stood the chair of state. The room was beautifully lighted; immense candelabras at the bottom of the room, and splendid chandeliers from the ceiling. (...) The Duke of Hamilton was in the full Highland dress. I don't admire him at all; he is like a dancing master and an Italian greyhound. He stood on my toe, and made the most ridiculous bow and grimace, with his hand on his heart, by way of apology. The Duke of Athole is a great pig; the Duke of Montrose, ugly; the Duke of Argyle, very interesting. They were all in the kilt, &c."

"Did we tell you Lady Hamilton Dalrymple's bon mot on the King's wearing the kilt. The old Lady Saltoun was making a sad rout* about it, and saying, 'That if he wore the kilt at the drawing-room, she could not tell what the ladies must do. She did not think they could go—it would be so shocking—for her part she should be horrified.' 'Oh!' said Lady Hamilton, 'I don't know. If he's to be here so short a time, I think the more we see of him the better.' "

(from the letters of Mary Grant of Rothiemurchus, aged 18)

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Sunday, 23 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 September, 2012
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