Is the Real Stone of Scone Hidden at Finlaggan?

Stone, though not the real Stone of Scone, at Finlaggan

That’s definitely not the real Stone of Scone above. It’s an ancient standing stone at Finlaggan on the Isle of Islay.

But is the official stone, the one pictured below, the real stone? See BBC article about this stone as it heads south to be used in the latest coronation.

Official, maybe not real stone of scone

History of the Real Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone, or Stone of Destiny, was used in the inauguration of Scottish Kings for centuries. In 1296 the English King, Edward I, took the stone from Scotland and incorporated it as part of his new ‘Coronation Chair’. Or did he?

Fobbed Off and Spirited Off?

Early mentions of the stone describe it as black and shiny, polished and beautiful. It’s rumoured that Edward was fobbed off with a worthless rock that was actually a drain cover, while the real stone was spirited off and hidden safely away.

One legend states that the original stone was buried at Finlaggan, the medieval Seat of the Lordship of the Isles, by Angus Og of Clan Donald.

Finlaggan is a quiet and remote place. It’s easy to believe that it might hide secrets.

grave at finlaggan. Is the real stone of scone hidden here?

An archaeological dig there was abandoned when money ran out.

Finlaggan, the site of the real stone of scone?

If the stone is at Finlaggan, I suspect it might be on the Council Island, the place of important discussions and decisions. Maybe the island was also the site of a few laughs about kingly bottoms sitting over what was actually a drain plug?

The Council Island at Finlaggan.

More articles and posts

Older article about the stone from the Herald, referencing Finlaggan: So which is fake, and which the genuine article?

See my earlier post about visiting Islay

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39 Replies to “Is the Real Stone of Scone Hidden at Finlaggan?”

  1. I hope, sincerely, that this is true… and even if it’s not… that rumour and doubt spread… Luckily, I will have better things to do on the day. Anyway, thank you for this and very best wishes!

  2. I’m wondering…when you say the stone was used for the king’s inauguration, in what way?

  3. Finlaggan — your photos show exactly the sort of day we had there. It was a mysterious remote place to hold such power.

  4. Thank you for liking and following my blog today. It brought me to yours, which is rich and very interesting. I’m very interested in your novels as well. I’m telling myself. I must finish reading the books. I have in my stack before I order yours but we’ll see.

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