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Point F - The last Dauphin

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Location: 22 Regent Terrace

Louis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême (the elder son, or Dauphin de France, of Charles X of France, last king of the House of Bourbon) and his wife Marie-Therese, Madame Royale, (the daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette), lived in 22 Regent Terrace from 1830 to 1832. This was the second time Louis Antoine had lived in Scotland – the first time he had stayed with his father in Holyrood Palace when his father received sanctuary there as a debtor and before Napoleon’s defeat in 1814 (Louis had previously fought with the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon). Louis Antoine and his father used to take walks on Arthur’s Seat and the Queen’s Park. Louis and Marie-Therese also used to walk in Central Edinburgh – in the Canongate and the High Street for example. After his stay in Edinburgh, Louis and his wife moved to the Palace of Prague in 1832 and then to Gorizia, Austria (now in Italy) where he died of cholera in 1839. 

You can read more about Louis Antoine here, and about his and his father’s time in Edinburgh here

22 Regent Terrace

Continue walking along the Terrace for about 20 metres to number 28 Regent Terrace. The French Consul General’s House/The Free French House is on your left. It usually has a French Flag flying outside it.

Picture credits: Stuart Baillie Strong/Edinburgh4Europe