HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC HEIST: THE STONE OF DESTINY

On Christmas Eve, 1950, Scottish Nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey and carried off an oblong block of red sandstone called, in Gaelic, Lia Fail. Also known as the Stone of Scone and the Stone of Destiny, the kings of Scotland had been crowned sitting atop it since about the ninth century AD (although not in the coronation chair pictured, as that didn’t come into being until 1301). The Scottish kings quit using it after the coronation of John Balliol in 1292, but only because the English king, Edward I, appropriated it in 1296 and took it to London, where, until except for the brief period it was in the hands of the Scottish Nationalists, it remained until November 30th, 1996, when it was finally returned to Scotland.

Or was it? Some think that when the thieves gave it back on April 11th, 1951, they only relinquished a copy. And, even if they did hand over the real stone, it might just have been the real fake stone, as Edward I never had the real one in the first place. The monks of the Abbey of Scone having had the forethought to hide it from him.

http://www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/an-infamous-theft-the-stone-of-scone.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/where-does-the-real-stone-of-scone-lie-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/2136221/Stone-of-Destiny-is-fake-claims-Alex-Salmond.html

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