(London). So called from a palace built there for the reception
of the kings of Scotland when they visited England. Pennant tells us it
was originally given by King Edgar to Kenneth of Scotland when he came
to London to pay homage.
The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, whence all public
orders to the force proceed.
“Mr. Walpole has only to speak the word in Scotland Yard, and the
parks will be cleared.” —Pall Mall Gazette.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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