Friday, 11 April 2008

The Stone of Destiny

Greyfriars Kirk was just an afterthought, a digestif after visiting Edinburgh Castle. As pleasantly surprised as I was with Greyfriars, I was as disappointed with the Stone of Destiny. It is smaller than expected, and the most unprepossessing and apologetic of rocks. But perhaps we should not be too underwhelmed. After all, the legends state that it was a black meterorite, carved into a seat, that never left Perthshire - and other legends say that it never even left Ireland in the first place - it is preferable, when confronted with the disappointments of reality, to entertain the legends.

The Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland:

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