On Christmas Day 1950, four Scottish students (Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon, Kay Matheson & Alan Stuart) removed the Stone from Westminster Abbey and returned it to Scotland.
A massive search was conducted by the British gvernment, but the Stone wasn't discovered. After 4 months the Stone was left on the altar of Arbroath Abbey. The Stone went back to Westminster.
Yet again there are rumours that the Stone returned to Westminster wasn't the original.
How bad a PM is Boris Johnson?
Well, within a month of being appointed, he's reduced his options to:
* going to jail, or
* being dead in a ditch.
I have to admit, I am in awe.
The most significant part of the ceremony was the future king being placed on the Lia Fàil. This was the large rectangular block of stone, which in English is known as the the "Stone of Destiny" or "Stone of Scone".
During the Wars of Independence (1296) King Edward 1 of England stole the stone. It then sat in Westminster Abbey until 1950.
A replica of the stone sits outside the chapel in Scone.
Many believe, me included, that the stone taken by Edward wasn't the real one.
A very short distance from Scone Palace is the chapel on Moot Hill (Tom-a-mhoid/Collis Credulitatis). This is the hugely significant location where the Kings of Scots were crowned from the 9th century onwards (and possibly much earlier).
The crowning ceremony was quite probably conducted in two parts: a Christian element in Scone Abbey and the, much older, "pagan" ceremony outside on the hill.
Scone was, in this early period, the capital of Scotland and a royal centre.
Finally got photos of a Common Mime (Papilio clytia), a common butterfly that has eluded me for years (since I started photographing butterflies). This was at Jurong Eco Garden, Singapore, on 8 Sept 2019.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32331488 ].
There were some famous "individuals" at the march.
Official attendence at the Perth Independence March & Rally was over 20,000. Great effort, folks. Photos coming up shortly.
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