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Also known as the Stone of Scone, this is the most ancient symbol of Scottish kingship used in the inauguration of Scottish kings until the end of the 1200s. In 1296 the Stone was removed from Scotland to Westminster Abbey by Edward I where it became an integral part of the Coronation Chair. The Stone was returned to Scotland in November 1996 and put on display in Edinburgh Castle. Each end face contains an iron staple connected to an iron ring by a figure-of-eight link. The Stone is formed from a coarse-grained, pinkish buff sandstone similar to that found in Perthshire and Angus, within a few miles of Scone. The sides are roughly dressed, probably with a chisel and certainly with a punch, but not all to the same standard. The upper half of the Stone is much better dressed than the bottom, which is broken away at the corners. The top surface of the stone has a rough 'rectangle' cut into the surface. The purpose of the rectangle is unknown, its rough state may suggest that it was never finished. There are two crosses cut into the top of the stone, one towards the right-hand corner, the other centre bottom. The scoops in the end of the Stone were cut after the rectangle. They were clearly cut to hold the iron rings which were connected to the Stone by iron staples: the staples were held in place by lead run into holes in the Stone.
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13th Century
670 x 420 x 265mm
w 152kg (w 335 1/8lbs)
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