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Edinburgh Castle Research: The Stone of Destiny

Updating the Scholarship

Front cover of The Stone of Destiny, updating Scholarship

After a sojourn of nearly 700 years in Westminster Abbey, the Stone of Scone was returned to Scotland in 1996. A conference devoted to this national treasure and symbol of Scottish nationhood in the following year gathered together much expert opinion which was duly published in 2003 as a monograph entitled The Stone of Destiny: Artefact & Icon, edited by Richard Welander, David J. Breeze and Thomas Owen Clancy. 

This report revises and updates the Stone of Scone scholarship laid out in the monograph and attempts to identify and address gaps in our understanding about it.