The Stone of Destiny
From email@example.com Sat Jul 6 06:09:29 1996
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 1996 21:32:58 -0300
From: Alasdair McKay
To: Janet Mackay
Subject: (fwd) Re: Stone of Destiny (fwd)
Below as posted to alt.scottish.clans newsgroup.
The Stone of Destiny
( by Alasdair McKay )
: The Stone of Scone is to be returned to Scotland.
Yes ... the announcement made it to the radio news in Canada.
Another episode in the saga of the " wee magic stane ", but perhaps not
quite as romantic a one as its removal from Westminster half a century ago
( which also provided scope for speculation on whether it really was the same
"wee stane" that was returned there from Arbroath Abbey at that time.
Good to have all this uncertainty, and to have, as a whimsical bit of
truly Scottish irreverence, that deathless, if banal, bit of doggerel
epic verse which dates from the incident of half a century ago of which
the final verse is :
Sae if ever ye come oan a stane wi' a ring
Jist sit yersel' doon an' proclaim yersel' king,
For there's nane wad be able tae challenge yer claim
That ye crooned yersel' king oan the Destiny Stane.
In a more serious vein ..... the Destiny Stone was long associated with
the wanderings of the Scots over the millenia through various bits of
Europe rather than with their brief sojourn in the northern part of the
greater of the British Isles. Given this aspect of the significance of
the Stone, may we look forward to a tour of the stone around the globe to
celebrate the continued wanderings of the Scots?
I expect I could arrange temporary display space for it in Nova Scotia,
for starters - that would be a good place to begin the tour. It could
proceed to other points in Canada and the U.S. and thence to the
antipodes and so on.
I hope something of the kind can be set up amicably. If not, I suppose
some of us genuine wandering Scots will just have to come and take the
thing for a tour.
Captivity in Edinburgh of a stone destined to wander is no better than
captivity in Westminster.
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