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The Return of the Stone of Scone to Scotland
"A' Chlach a bha mo sheanmhair
'S mo sheanair oirre seanchas
Air tilleadh mar a dh'fhalbh i
Mo ghalghad a' Chlach"
"The Stone that my grandmother
And grandfather used to talk about
Has returned as it left
My brave Stone"
~ Òran na cloiche, "Song of the Stone," 1950, Donald MacIntyre
The Stone of Scone (Gaelic: An Lia Fàil, Scots: Stane o Scuin) also known as the Stone of Destiny, and often referred to in England as The Coronation Stone - is an oblong block of red sandstone that has been used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland. It is also known as Jacob's Pillow Stone and the Tanist Stone, and as clach-na-cinneamhain in Scottish Gaelic. Historically, the artifact was kept at the now-ruined Scone Abbey in Scone, near Perth, Scotland, having been brought there from Iona by Kenneth MacAlpin circa 841 AD. After its forced removal from Scone during Edward I's invasion of Scotland in 1296, it was used in the coronation of the monarchs of England as well as the monarchs of Great Britain and latterly of the United Kingdom following the Treaty of Union. On December 25, 1950 a group of students from the University of Glasgow removed the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey and brought it back to Scotland where it remained hidden (and possibly replicated) for four months before it was returned to Westminster. The stone was finally returned to Scotland in 1996 and was officially installed beside the other Honours of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day. 🏴 👑
The Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone ( “Clach-na-cinneamhain," “stone of descent”), is symbolic of Scottish sovereignty and independence and was used as the coronation seat for Scottish kings beginning with Fergus, early in the 6th century.
The Stone has a colourful history.
In 1296 Edward I of England stole from the Abbey of Scone in Perthshire, Scotland and installed it in his own Abbey of Westminster in London. Several attempts to steal or reacquire the stone were made over time.
In 1892, Fenians, working to gain independence for Ireland, allegedly conspired to steal the Stone from Westminster and take it to Ireland. This plan was never executed.
In 1950 a small group of people did manage to steal the Stone of Scone and transport it back to Scotland. It was quickly recovered, however, and returned to London where it remained for another forty-six years.
In 1996, the Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland formally on St. Andrew's Day where it is now on display in Edinburgh Castle.
This tartan was designed to commemorate the return of the Stone of Destiny from Westminster to Scotland.
For more about the history of famous stones of royalty, click The Stone of Destiny shown with the Honours of Scotland.