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Offline Ray McCarthy

Under the Stone of Destiny : Discounted.
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The real story of the Stone of Destiny, An Lia Fáil (may mean The Stone of Shadows), how it got to Scotland and  what the English had in Westminster is an interesting tale. Then it was stolen and a copy made. Which is the returned stone?
"As King Edward I approached the palace, the monks of Scone hurriedly removed the Stone of Destiny and hid it, replacing it with another stone of similar size and shape."

Wikipedia (if you read carefully) suggests the Tourist Board pillar at Tara isn't the stone and that the Scottish one is probably not, no matter which was "original" to King Edward.

Destiny (Fáil) may be a corruption of the old Irish for Shadow. There are references to shadows in old stories about the stone. A King would have sat on it to be confirmed. Crowning (Coronation) is a more modern idea and is why the Stone of Scone has to be returned to Westminster from Edinburgh for English Coronations.
The Original Stone of Scone is a known fake, and the pillar at Tara can't be the Stone of Destiny. It's for sitting on and was sent to Scotland. Then hidden. We know roughly what the real stone looked like. The Stone of Scone was copied when it was stolen from Westminster. There was also a display replica made. It's made of local sandstone, so can't be the stone sent from Ulster to Scotland. It's likely the monks gave King Edward's men a cesspit cover or similar. The original would have had a dished or bowl like depression on the top, like the stones in Neolithic Newgrange and Knowth. At least one account claims it's made of marble. It might have been brought to Ireland from elsewhere and may have been made of marble.
The idea it was once Jacob's pillow stone is probably a late addition by Irish monks. The pillar at Tara is something else. Not a seat.

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