Along with the popularity of Scott’s fiction and Burns’ poetry, this was also the time of the Scottish Enlightenment, characterised by an outpouring of intellectual & scientific accomplishments and inventions. Queen Victoria also loved the novels of Walter Scott and in 1842 (ten years after Walter’s death), she made her first visit to Scotland. She fell in love with the Highlands and in 1848 bought an estate in Aberdeenshire and built Balmoral Castle.

Coincidentally, this was in same village that the Thomson men had fled to 96 years before. Where Queen Victoria went, society followed, and gradually Scotland was no longer considered ‘the enemy’. The Victorians promoted everything Scottish including wearing tartans, most of which were designed by the Victorians with only a tentative link to clan tartans.