Scone Palace, Perth

Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland

 This evening, I am focusing on Scone and Scone Palace near Perth in central Scotland. ( Note the Scone is pronounced ‘Scoon’.)

The Palace (above) is the home of the Earls of Mansfield and dates from around 1805. This property is open to the public where a wide range of objects comprising furniture, paintings, porcelain and other objects d’art can be viewed. Facilities available to visitors also include a Pinetum with 186 year old Douglas Fir, gardens, woodland, a maze and even a few peacocks.

Apart from the Palace, the surrounding grounds are of great historical interest for the following reasons:

  • There was a power base here which, allegedly, formed the capital of Pictavia around the 9th century. ( The Picts were native people who controlled large areas prior to consolidation of the country under the Scots.)
  • It is the site of a 12th century Abbey, since destroyed.
  • Here can be found Mote (or Moot)  Hill which was the crowning place of Scottish kings from the 9th to 13th centuries. Coronations entailed the new king sitting on a sandstone block known at the Stone of Destiny which was stolen by invading English and for some 700 years held in Westminster Abbey but now resides in Edinburgh Castle.
  • The last king to be crowned here was Charles II in 1651.

Here is a replica in situ of the Stone of Destiny.

Stone of Destiny, Scone Palace

Stone of Destiny, Scone Palace, Perth

 Here is the Mercat Cross from the old village of Scone. The old village was removed to make way for the Palace. In the Middle Ages such crosses were common in Scottish towns and cities as focal meeting points for public announcements and trade and business.

Mercat Cross, Scone,

Mercat Cross, Scone, Scotland

Overall, an interesting visitor attraction.

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