1951 – The Stone of Scone is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey
The Stone of Scone also known as the Stone of Destiny, and often referred to in England as The Coronation Stone, is an oblong block of red sandstone that has been used for centuries in the coronation of the monarchs of Scotland.
Its size is 26 in (66 cm) by 16.7 in (42 cm) by 10.5 in (26.7 cm) and its weight is approximately 335 lb (152 kg).
A roughly incised cross is on one surface, and an iron ring at each end aids with transport and was last used in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
On Christmas Day 1950, a group of four Scottish students (Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon, Kay Matheson, and Alan Stuart) removed the stone from Westminster Abbey for return to Scotland.
The Stone of Scone is found on the 11th April 1951, at the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey.
Historically, the artefact was kept at the now ruined Scone Abbey in Scone, near Perth, Scotland, having been brought there from Iona by Kenneth MacAlpin circa 841 AD.
Extra Note: It is also known as Jacob’s Pillow Stone and the Tanist Stone, and as clach-na-cinneamhain in Scottish Gaelic.
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