Legend says that the Stone of Destiny was used as a pillow by Jacob in biblical times. It was believed to have been brought to Scotland in the 9th century. (Other experts suggest it was quarried in the Oban area)
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.
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).
Where the Stone of Destiny (Scone) is reputed to have come from. The first Scots kings were crowned here in Dalriada. There are a higher number of neolithic and historic sites within a small radius of here, than there are anywhere else in Europe. Nearly 800 ancient monuments.
Legend says that the Stone of Destiny was used as a pillow by Jacob in biblical times. It was believed to have been brought to Scotland in the 9th century. Used as part of the crowning ceremonies of the kings of Dalriada, in west Scotland (Argyll). When Kenneth I, the 36th King of Dalriada moved his capital to Scone around 840AD, the Stone was moved there too. Coronations of kings took place at Moot Hill at Scone Palace. John Balliol was the last Scottish king crowned on the stone in 1292.
SCONE CASTLE Scone Castle (2 minutes by car from Ackinnoull) 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.