‘April 11 --Meadowbank breakfasted with us, and then went on to Edinburgh, pressed by bad news of his family. His wife (daughter of my early patron, President Blair) is very ill; indeed I fear fatally so. I am sorry to think it is so. When the King was here she was the finest woman I saw at Holyrood…’
Alexander Macanochie of Meadowbank and Walter Scott crossed paths many times, including the instance recorded in Scott’s journal on April 11, 1829. According to the website of The University of Glasgow, where he served as Dean of Faculties between 1845 and 1847, Lord Meadowbank announced in an 1827 speech that Sir Walter Scott was the author of the Waverley novels.