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SCONE CASTLE - Home to the stone of destiny and the crowning place of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. Scone Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts. The grounds are renowned throughout the world.

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Stone of Scone or the Stone of Destiny. Legend says that the stone was used as a pillow by Jacob in biblical times, it is thought it was brought to Scotland in the 9th century, and it was used as part of the crowning ceremonies of the kings of Scotland. It was stolen by Edward I of England in 1296 and remained under the Coronation Throne is Westminster Abbey in London for 700 years. It was finally returned to Scotland in 1996.

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The Stewart Sapphire, which had been owned by the Royal House of Scotland for centuries, was also given to George III. The original owner of the sapphire was reputed to have been King Alexander II of Scotland, who had it set into his crown for his coronation in 1214. Edward I of England took the sapphire along with the Stone of Scone in 1296, during his invasion of Scotland. His grandson, King Edward III, later returned the jewel to his brother-in-law David II of Scotland.

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The Stone of Scone, a venerated relic, which Scottish Kings had been crowned on since the Dark Ages, was taken in 1296 and removed to Westminster. It was incorporated in a coronation chair specially built for this purpose at Westminster Abbey and has only recently been returned to Scotland. The banner of Scottish resistance was taken up by the patriot William Wallace, he was both a brave and resourceful opponent and defeated Edward's forces at Stirling Bridge in 1297.

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Stone of Scone - All of Scotland's kings sat on this stone to be crowned until King Edward I took it 700 years ago and kept it under the English coronation chair. With Scotland's parliamentary independence in the 1990s, the Scots asked for it back and got it! It is honorably displayed with Scotland's crown jewels.

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Kay Matheson

Kay Metheson standing behind Scotland's Stone of Destiny. Ms. Metheson was one of four Scottish nationalists who stole the stone from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950. The stone, the coronation seat of Scottish kings, was taken from Scotland in 1296 by Edward I and made into the seat of the coronation chair for future kings of England. Ms. Metheson and 3 others stole the stone. In 1996 England officially returned the stone to Scotland.

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The Stone of Scone, also known as the Coronation Stone or the Stone of Destiny, until very recently rested on a shelf beneath the seat of the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey in London (it has now been returned to Scotland).

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