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Re: Stone of Scone

Poster: Matthew Allen Newsome <mnewsome@warren-wilson.edu>

On Tue, 19 Nov 1996, Hinson, Jerome wrote:

> Poster: "Hinson, Jerome" <hinson.msalan3@mhs.unc.edu>
> Reprinted from Renaissance Magazine, Vol. 1, #4, Issue #4, Fall 1996
> England's Coronation "Stone of Destiny" Returned to Scotland
> by Kim Guarnaccia & Ian Kerr

ENGLAND'S Coronation stone!  How dare they!

> coronation stone.  Legend had it that it was Jacob's Pillow which the 
> crusaders brought from Palestine to Ireland where it was presented to St. 
> Columba on Iona.  

Crusaders....  that brings to mind 11th century.  St. Columba...  that 
sounds like 5th Century...  Am I wrong, or is this article wrong?

>      In 1950 the Stone was stolen from the Abbey by a group of Scotish 
> Nationalist students.  They were persuaded to surrender the Stone in 
> early 1951 - however, they accidently broke the Stone in transit and had 
> it repaired by stone mason Billie Gray.  Tests conducted by the British 
> Government verified its authenticity, rebutting Gray's claims that he 
> made a copy when repairing the original.

I have heard that several copies were "supposedly" made.  No one can 
prove this, but no one can prove otherwise, either.  And of course the 
British Government is going to claim that they have the real one!  It 
would be silly not to.

>      Regardless of all the controversy, Parliment has suggested that the 
> stone be returned to Scone Abbey (now ruins and part of a private home), 
> St. Margaret's Chapel in Edinburgh Castle, or Abroath Abbey.  But other 
> sites are also being considered.

Some Scottish friends of mine (as in, born in Scotland, not 
Scottish/American or Scottish persona), agree than it should be taken 
to a high cliff....  and dropped!.......
		..... onto Margaret Thatcher.

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