The Coronation Stone

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Edmonston & Douglas, 1869 - Coronations - 50 pages
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Page 44 - of Ireland; and the kings in Scotland, first of the Pictish monarchy, and afterwards of the Scottish kingdoms which succeeded it, were inaugurated on this stone, which never was anywhere but at Scone, the " sedes principalis" both of the Pictish and of the Scottish kingdoms.
Page 23 - It is somewhat remarkable that while the Scotch legend brings the stone at Scone from Ireland, the Irish legend brings the stone at Tara from Scotland. The two legends, at all events, are quite antagonistic to each other, and there is one historic fact certain as to
Page 23 - the Lia Fail, or Irish stone, did not leave Tara, but was still there in the eleventh century; and, secondly, the Scotch stone was not in Argyll during the existence of the Irish colony of Dalriada, nor was used in the inauguration of their kings.
Page 13 - The Scottis sail brwke that realme as native ground, Geif weirdis faill nocht, quhairever this chair is found. Simon Breck, a descendant of Gathelus, brought the chair from Spain to Ireland, and was crowned in it as King of Ireland. Fergus, son of
Page 11 - of Scone, where having taken away the stone which the Kings of Scotland were wont at the time of their coronation to use for a throne, carried it to Westminster, directing it to be made the chair of the priest celebrant.
Page 43 - The coronation stone is described by Professor Ramsay as consisting " of a dull reddish or purplish sandstone, with a few small imbedded pebbles. One of which is of quartz and two others of a dark material, which may be Lydian stone. The rock is calcareous, and is of the kind that masons would call freestone.
Page 9 - Fordun's description is so graphic, we can almost picture the scene. A Scottish July day; the cross in the cimiterium ; before it the fatal stone, covered with gold-embroidered cloths ; upon it the
Page 10 - thus describes it in his Chronicle, written about 1327 :—' John de Balioll, on the following feast of St. Andrew's, placed upon the regal stone, which Jacob placed under his head when he went from Bersabee to Haran, was solemnly crowned in the church of the
Page 39 - the sovereign reigned ; On the middle of Scone, it will vomit blood, The evening of a night in much contention.
Page 35 - Three years to the king And three months ; who shall number them / On Loch Adhbha shall be his grave. He dies of disease suddenly.' A century after, one of the later chronicles says he died at

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