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The Stone of Destiny

Every so often, perhaps every decade or so, interest in the legendary Stone of Destiny is rekindled. The discussion takes place on internet message boards, on social media or in the letters pages of some other newspaper. Then the subject is largely forgotten about, until the next time.

Similarly in my life, the subject of the Stone of Destiny pops into my head and I will wonder as to the truth of its whereabouts. I might be stirred into some brief research into the various theories until real life gets in the way and I forget to follow it through. Then my interest will be resurrected, perhaps by some reference in the press or on somebody’s Twitter account. In 2006 I was even moved to submit an FOI request to the then Scottish Executive, the response to which I am yet to read in its entirety. Needless to say, much of the requested information was withheld and that which I did receive was a rather fudged and incomplete response.

The Stone of Destiny is also described as being elaborately carved but no such carvings appear on the stone today

The Stone of Destiny -or Stone of Scone or Lia Fail or any number of other names -has a romantic place in the story of Scotland. This article will aim to provide a brief account of the background of its existence and will touch upon some of the theories as to what subsequently happened. Is the stone that is currently in Edinburgh Castle the real thing? Or is it an imposter? If so, when was it replaced and of what stone is it a replacement? I don’t have the answers, but somewhere out there the truth is known. The real purpose, therefore, of this article is to reignite interest and get the discussion going again, perhaps in the letters pages of this magazine. Should any readers have any further theories as to the true story of the Stone of Destiny, I am sure we would all like to hear about them.

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