Scone is a place that breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland.
Romans camped here in the 2nd century. From the 5th century onwards, it
was the capital of a Pictish kingdom. In the 6th century, the Culdees,
a group of early Christian holy men, established a cell at Scone and it
was here, on the Hill of Credulity, that Pictish King Nectan converted
to Christianity in 710.
The Hill of Credulity became known as
the Moot Hill and it was to here that Kenneth MacAlpin, the first King
of Scotland, brought the Stone of Destiny, or Stone of Scone, in 843.
Stone of Scone was believed to have been Jacob's pillow when he saw the
angels of Bethel. It had been brought to the Scottish holy island of
Iona by St Columba in the 6th century. In bringing it to Scone, Kenneth
MacAlpin signalled the unification of the kingdoms of the Picts and the
Scots under one crown.
For the next 500 years, all Scottish
kings were crowned on the Stone until it was seized by King Edward I of
England in 1296 and taken to Westminster Abbey where it was
placed beneath the Cornation Chair on which the monarchs of England
Despite this, Scottish monarchs continued to be
crowned at Scone right up to 1651 when Charles II's coronation was the
last to take place here.
Scotland's Parliament also met at Scone
between 1210 and 1452 and, at this time, there was an important abbey
and a flourishing village on what are now the grounds of the Palace.
the village and the original abbey, which housed the Stone of Scone, no
longer exist and Moot Hill is now crowned by a small Presbyterian
chapel that was built around 1804. A replica of the Stone of Scone sits
upon the hill, marking the site of the original.
Scone Palace dates from the early 19th century and is built in the
Gothic style, although it's design echoes the original abbey building.
It took nine years to build and is regarded as one of Britain's most
outstanding Georgian Gothic houses.
Atkinson, its architect, was also responsible for much of the interior
design including the magnificent state rooms that house breathtaking
collections of art, antiques, furniture and porcelain.
to Scone is a visit to Scotland's history. Many visitors are moved by
the atmosphere and it is impossible to resist its colourful past.