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Stone Of Destiny Used To Crown Scottish Monarchs Belongs To Perth - Council Leader

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The leader of Perth and Kinross Council has called for the Stone of Destiny to be returned to Perth.

Ian Miller says the stone, used to crown Scottish monarchs, "is a major part of Perth's place at the ancient roots of Scotland's story."

It is on display at Edinburgh Castle after it was formally returned to Scotland in 1996.

Mr Miller is proposing to place the stone in Perth Museum and Art Gallery as part of a £20m investment in cultural infrastructure.

He said: "As leader of Perth and Kinross Council my view is that the Stone of Destiny, brought to Edinburgh to mark Scottish devolution, is a major part of Perth's place at the ancient roots of Scotland's story.

"The ancient kings of Scotland were crowned at Scone Palace, with the stone bearing witness.

"I will therefore be asking all councillors to support my motion to formally request consideration by Historic Environment Scotland and the Commissioners of the Regalia for the Stone of Destiny to come to Perth.

"Perth has a huge potential for growth in the cultural tourism market and this has been identified as a key priority in the Perth City Plan."

He added: "Investing in our existing museum with its nationally recognised collection, and in a significant new venue, will help to deliver on that potential.

"The stone will help to deliver this in a relevant setting where it can be see by local people and worldwide visitors, in venues which tell the rich story of our ancient roots and modern Scots - a story of local, national and global relevance."

The origins of the stone are shrouded in mystery. It was used to crown John Baliol as king of Scotland in 1292 but was captured by Edward I of England in 1296 and taken to Westminster Abbey.

In 1950, four students stole the stone and brought it back to Scotland. The stone was later found and returned to Westminster Abbey.

When it was brought to Edinburgh Castle in 1996 around 10,000 people lined the Royal Mile to witness its return.

Credit: stv.tv

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