"No banners, cousin, to be 'blown by the night wind of Heaven.' No signs that a 'Scottish monarch sleeps below.'"
Melrose Abbey in 1800
Public DomainMelrose Abbey in 1800 - Credit: John Stoddart

Fanny's quotes come from 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel', a lengthy narrative poem by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)  first published in 1805. The relevant lines appear in Stanzas 10 and 12 of Canto 2:

Full many a scutcheon and banner riven,
Shook to the cold night-wind of heaven

They sate them down on a marble stone,
(A Scottish monarch slept below;)

The descriptions in the poem are of Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland, which was founded in 1136.

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Sir Walter Scott
Public DomainSir Walter Scott - Credit: Henry Raeburn