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  • April 11, 1951: The Stone of Scone is found in Scotland after theft from London

    Christy Karras at Compass5 days ago

     

    The Stone of Scone has more than a funny name going for it: The shoebox-shaped chunk of mottled red sandstone occupies a major place in the history of both Scotland and England — as well as in a famous 1950 heist.

    The “Stone of Destiny” called Scone Abbey near Perth, Scotland, home for hundreds of years, and generations of Scottish kings used it in their coronation ceremonies. In 1296, King Edward I of England took it to London as spoils of an ongoing war against the Scots. The 330-pound rock was fitted into King Edward’s Chair in Westminster Abbey, where it’s been used ever since as the coronation chair for British monarchs.

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