In 1950, four patriotic Scots stole a historic national relic from Westminster Abbey

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Edward I really rubbed it in the Scots noses - putting it under his throne.


Ah! Some of those students were rooming at an aunt’s place.


Stole? I think the word is “retrieved”.


And here I thought that Pratchett’s story

was a feat of total imagination! O Pterry, we miss you so much.

I salute you, Ian Hamilton!
Here’s the Hamilton tartan by way of thanks:


This is a fun fictionalised movie about the caper:


As I understand it, putting a ‘sacred stone’ under a throne’s seat used to be quite common. Mystical tradition; the stones would bring ‘sacred energy’ into the ruler or something like that.

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Then, just over 300 years later, a Scot sat on the throne of England.

I don’t think Edward I thought that through properly.


Scone in this context is pronounced to rhyme not with “stone” or “gone” but with ‘‘spoon’’.

(Although Shakespeare rhymes it with ‘‘one’’ in the last two lines of Macbeth)

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IIRC, Roger Daltry had something to do with it.

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This interests me.
Would you be willing to list your source(s) or citation(s) here?

Whenever possible, I try to sound the least idiotic I can manage, and I thank you in advance for your help. As a U.S. midwesterner, with a love of history and the English language it all its variable forms, I find it does take work every single day.

Sometimes the work is fun:

from it, this:

Surely the Scots were double-plus unfond of that “Hammer of the Scots” whose son (Ed II)

ends up in the Battle of Bannockburn [in Scotland, yes]. Spoiler alert: Robert the Bruce kicks English arse.

Battle of Bannockburn 1314 - Two Men in a Trench

In this story the Scots, persistent, patient, working against against heavy odds, have long interested me. Now that I know of the Stone of Scone in added detail, the history just gets more interesting all the time.

The Stone of Scone was clearly taken [back] on King George’s watch…

strangely his Wikipedia entry lacks this historic detail. Hmpf! (Is there where I finally cave in and start an account on Wikipedia?)

Oh dear oh dear that the stone (after going back and forth for a bit) was only actually “returned” to Scotland for real in 1996.

ETA: trouble getting the Youtube link formatted properly

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