PERTH’S plan to bring the Stone of Destiny from Edinburgh to the city has taken a step forward with the formal lodging of a request for the Stone to be transferred.
Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Government, and the Royal Household are all expected to give a judgment on the request by Perth, which is hoping that the move will help it capture the 2021 City of Culture title.
The Stone would be the centrepiece of a £30 million City Hall development.
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The Stone of Destiny has been the property of the Crown ever since the Stone – or possibly a substitute? – was stolen from its original location at Scone near Perth by King Edward I of England in 1296 after the Battle of Falkirk.
Prior to that, the Stone was used in the coronation ceremonies of ancient Scottish kings, having been brought to Scone by Fergus mac Erc, generally recognised as the first King of Scots in the late sixth century.
Edward Longshanks had the Stone placed under the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey and it stayed there for almost seven centuries until it was famously “repatriated” by Scottish nationalist students in 1950.
Mysteriously found in Arbroath Abbey some months later, the Stone was eventually brought back to Scotland and placed in Edinburgh Castle in 1996. A replica coronation chair and stone is now displayed in the Duke of Lennox’s Room at Scone Palace.
It is anticipated that the Stone will only return to London when it is needed for future coronations.
Fiona Robertson, bid leader for Perth 2021, said: “It is such an intrinsic part of the story.“It’s probably one of the most iconic objects in Scottish history, and it was quarried in Perthshire.
“It belongs to the Crown. We have submitted a formal bid and we have already looked at the logistics of it, and I cannot say more than that.”