Peacock at Scone Palace.

This evening, I am posting information on Scone Palace, a 19th century mansion built on a site indelibly linked with concept of a Scottish state since the 9th century.

Scone Palace is currently the home of the Earls of Mansfield. It dates from 1803 and is built in the Gothic style.

Scone Palace, Scotland

Summary facts and information concerning Scone Palace:

  • Scone is pronounced ‘Skoon’. The name may be derived from the Gaelic word sgonn which means lump of wood.
  • Located near Perth, about 45 miles north of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
  • A major visitor attraction set in 200 acres of grounds.
  • In front of the Palace is Moot Hill, the crowning place of Scottish kings from 9th century through to Charles II in 1651.

Moot Hill, Scone Palace

  • Historically, coronations were performed with the person to be crowned sitting on a sandstone block known as the ‘Stone of Scone’. What is believed to be the original Stone is held in Edinburgh Castle. A replica stone is held on site.

Replica Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace.

  • To facilitate construction of the Palace, a pre-existing village was re-located two miles away. Vestiges of the original village remain and include the Mercat Cross and an archway.

Mercat Cross, Scone Palace.

Historic Arch at Scone Palace

  • The Palace interior contains a rich collection of paintings and antiques.
  • Outside, in addition to the parkland, are well maintained gardens, a maze and Pinetum associated with plant collector David Douglas (1799-1834). Douglas started his working life at Scone and went on to establish a reputation as a plant collector in North America, giving his name to the Douglas Fir.
Be Sociable, Share!