This is the legend of one of the greatest artifacts of all time.The
Stone of Scone also refered to as The Stone of Destiny or the Coronation
Stone on which Kings and Queens of Ireland,Scotland and England have been
crowned for century after century.The stone itself is a 336 lb. chunk of
The stone goes back to Old testament times when according to legend
Jacob used the stone as a pillow when he saw the ladder going into heaven
as told in Genesis 28:10-22 during his dream Angels made prophecies to
Jacob and when he awoke he used the stone to build a pillar after annointing
it with oil and calling the place where he had slept Bethel .
Later the stone was taken to Ireland around 400AD by Princess Tea
where it was renamed Lia-Fail.The hill Tara was named for Princess Tea.Kings
of Ireland were crowned upon the stone until the time that Fergus MacEarca
took it to Scotland in 843AD first to Scone and it stayed for a time in
Iona and many a Scottish king was crowned upon it until King Alexander
in the 13th century about 600 years.
The stone was taken from Scotland by King Edward the First in 1296AD
and was kept in Westminister Abbey until 1996AD when it was returned back
to Scotland the stone now sits in Edinburgh Castle but must be returned
to Westminister for the crowning of the next coronation.The year after
the stone was returned Scots voted to have their own parliament and be
an almost independent nation once again.
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