13 December 2022


Seminar: George IV’s Royal Visits to Ireland and Scotland and the Display of Sub-National Identities

Paige Emerick (University of Leicester)


(George IV Entry into Dublin, 17 August 1821 by Robert I. Havell, c. 1823; Royal Collection Trust, 750082.)



Royal progresses have often been considered from the viewpoint of the travelling court and the impact that the monarchy had on regional areas. This paper, however, aims to reverse this traditional approach by embracing a bottom-up perspective to consider how the inhabitants within areas visited by royalty were complicit in shaping their own identities. Many historians, including Linda Colley, have argued that over the course of the eighteenth century a unionised British identity was emerging, of which the monarchy was an important element. Whilst monarchy was a uniting component, royal visits, however, presented the opportunity for the locality and its inhabitants to present specifically regional or sub-national identities. Using case studies of the royal tours of George IV to Dublin and Edinburgh in 1821 and 1822 respectively, this paper explores how these trips facilitated the expressions of sub-national identities; that is to say, explicitly Irish or Scottish ones rather than British.



Dustin M. Neighbors


Seminar Timetable

17:00 – 17:10: Introduction (Chair)

17:10 – 17:55: Presentations

17:55 – 18:25: Q&A


Presenter bio

Paige Emerick is a PhD History student at the University of Leicester whose thesis is analysing Hanoverian royal visits in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has previously studied at the University of Derby and the University of Sheffield. In 2019 she was awarded the King’s College London Summer Fellowship with the Georgian Papers Programme. She has published blogs with the National Trust and the University of Oxford, and the Georgian Papers Programme, and she has a forthcoming chapter on the Hanoverian consorts to be published in English Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty by Palgrave Macmillan

George IV Entering Dublin.jpg