Our wet weekend in the grounds of Scone Palace has inspired my quiz for you this week.
Scone Palace is the original location of the Stone of Destiny (otherwise known as the Stone of Scone) on which, traditionally, all Scottish kings were crowned.
The Stone of Destiny is now in Edinburgh Castle, in a glass case alongside the crown jewels or ‘Honours’ of Scotland. Rough-hewn, with huge iron rings at either end, it looks a bit incongruous next to the delicate gemstones and pearls in their exquisite gold settings. I don’t have a photo of it, because photography in the chamber is prohibited; instead, I have found a public domain image of a replica of the Stone of Scone, which sits outside Moot Hill Chapel at Scone Palace.
The addition of carrying ‘handles’ suggests that the Stone was not always kept in one place, or at least it was perhaps moved and kept under lock and key until another ceremony was imminent. But I’m pretty sure the original stonemasons didn’t anticipate how far this massive lump of sandstone would travel over the centuries. For its size and weight, the Stone of Scone has clocked up a surprising number of miles!
There are some fascinating legends attached to the Stone, but I will tell you about these in a later post.
What I would like to know this week is:I’ll reveal the answer on 12th July. Good luck!