Stone of Destiny Scone
The Stone is 26 inches long, 16 inches wide and 11 inches high (660 x 400 x 280mm) and it weighs 336 lbs (2.5kgs). It is sandstone although some believe that the Stone in Westminster may be quarried in Oban or Perthshire.
The Stone, it is claimed, was the pillow on which Jacob had his biblical dream about angels and the stairway to heaven. It is believed to have been brought to Ireland by Phoenician traders escaping religious persecution. Later taken by the Irish Dalriada to Scotland to install Monarchs of this territory at Iona, Dunadd and later Dunstaffrage. Kenneth McAlpine finally brought the Stone to Scone. Its importance as a symbol of Scottish Monarchs was not overlooked by the English who stole the Stone in 1296 and took it to Westminster. Although many believe that the Stone was replaced by a copy during this period to fool the invaders.This replica can be viewed at Scone Palace near Moot Hill in Scone.
Stone of Destiny by Ian R Hamilton
This title is now a major Hollywood film starring Robert Carlyle and Billy Boyd. Ian Robertson Hamilton was an unknown law student at Glasgow University until Christmas Eve 1950. On that night, assisted by Alan Stewart, Gavin Vernon and Kay Matheson, he took the Stone of Destiny from beneath the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey and in doing so became a Scottish national hero. In England, however, the act had the opposite effect and a manhunt for the 'vulgar vandals' was started to satisfy the outrage of the English establishment and bring them to justice. In the end, the Stone was given up, but the gang were not charged.This solitary act set Hamilton on a path for the rest of his life from which he has not diverged. Although it is now nearly sixty years since that fateful night, it is the actual events surrounding the taking of the Stone which hold people spellbound when Hamilton recounts them. In this book, Ian Hamilton has set down the chain of events which led to his decision to go to London, remove the Stone and a minute-by-minute account of the act and the aftermath. But this is not simply a retelling of a stunt that made nationwide news, it is a book about how a nation's conscience was stirred by a symbolic act that changed lives of many.Buy Stone of Destiny at Perth Bookstore on Amazon
Scotland's Stone of Destiny -Myth,History and Nationhood by Nick Aitchkison
Scotland's Stone of Destiny is the most famous symbol of both Scottish nationhood and the British monarchy. This is the first full-length, fully researched and illustrated study of its history, mythology, and cultural significance. The author traces the origin, evolution, and function of myths surrounding the Stone, and the ancient prophecy that gives the Stone its name. The Stone's much-disputed authenticity is assessed, and its rich symbolism discussed.
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