The Stone of Scone (aka the Stone of Destiny) was once used in the coronation of the Kings/ Queens of Scotland (and later England).
In 1298 the stone was taken to Egland by king Edward the 1st as the spoils of war, where it remained until 1950.
On Christmas day of 1950, four Scottish students drove to Westminster Abbey to steal the stone, but it broke in half during the removal. They buried the larger half before returning to retrieve it later and taking it back to Scotland. The search for the Stone of Destiny proved unsuccessful for an entire year, kept safe in Abroath Abbey under the protection of the Church of Scotland until it was eventually discovered and sent back to Westminster Abbey in England.
However, due to the political unrest in 1996, the British Government decided that the stone would be kept in Scotland when not used in coronations, and has been kept in Edinburgh Castle alongside the Crown Jewels of Scotland since.
This is a stone used in coronations of -originally- Scottish monarchs, and then monarchs of all of Great Britain. The stone is activated when touched, but only by someone of royal blood. The higher amount of royal blood, the stronger the telempathic connection to ancestors. Which the reigning monarch then maintains until death, and then their consciousness is added to what’s already in stone.
It doesn’t do any harm, and monarchs can remove themselves from the stones collective consciousness
Originally, the stone was used to test if usurpers and ‘heirs’ were of royal lineage, and worthy of king/queenship
there are a lot of things i like about scotland but my favorite is how king edward the first stole the stone of scone from the scots in like 1300 and like 650 years later four scottish college students broke into westminster abbey to steal it and bring it back to scotland but they dropped it and it broke in half
On 11th of April 1951 The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey.
You’ve seen the film and no doubt many of you know the story so here’s something a wee bit different
James Wishart,seen in two of the pics, was the then Keeper of Arbroath Abbey, and was there in 1951 when the students who stole the Stone of Destiny left it in the ruins of the Abbey.
There had been a huge police search for the miscreants. James, though, was no grass. He said the three men who returned the Stone were “young well set-up lads” but apart from that could give no description. Nor did he note the make or registration of their car. Well done James 😉
Many believe it was not the original stone that was returned or that now sits in Edinburgh Castle, indeed some say that it wasn’t even the original stone that Longshanks stole back in 1296.
In 2008 a similar looking stone, see the colour pic, was spotted on Gumtree for sale, the seller said his version has had pride of place in his garden and claimed to have found it five years previously in a “secret” cave at cliffs near Montrose, it had a price tag of £1,000 and he could deliver the stone “anywhere in Angus"
Also in 2008 the children of a stonemason who repaired the Stone of Destiny which was broken during the 1950 liberation say there father made two elaborate replicas of the stone, breaking both and repairing them again with three bolts so it would be impossible to tell them from the original. They say it was the replica their father gave back to the students who went on to leave this at Arbroath Abbey.