DONALD Anderson (Letters, September 12) states that the Treaty of Union was signed in a cellar in the Scots Parliament.

However, there is another story which claims that the treaty was signed in the summer house of Moray House Garden.

The treaty was so unpopular with the citizens of Edinburgh that the commissioners had to take refuge there and sign it at dead of night!

The mood in Edinburgh was reflected throughout Scotland. Of 96 petitions submitted to the estates concerning the treaty, not one was in favour.

Only the stone part of the summer house remains today, located adjacent to Edinburgh University’s Holyrood Campus. There is no memorial plaque or inscription on it to mark its historical significance. Perhaps this is apt.

Here is a picture of a print which I own, showing what the summer house looked like. It states on the print that the Treaty of Union was signed here.

Graham Sutherland

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