Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Random Cutting - Coronation Stone Stolen (1950)

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The Coronation Stone, or Stone of Scone, was originally used at the crowning of Scottish kings and was kept at Scone Abbey near Perth until 1296 when Edward I pinched it and put it in Westminster Abbey in London. There it remained until Christmas day 1950 when 4 students stole it and took it back to Scotland. Despite a nationwide search it was not recovered until it reappeared in Arbroath Abbey in April 1951, and the English police returned it to Westminster. Or did they? There were rumours that the stone recovered was not the real one. But then there were also rumours that the stone taken by Edward I was not the real one. Who knows?

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