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Call for stone's homeward return
Stone of Destiny
The stone was returned to Scotland in 1996
The Stone of Destiny should be returned to its historic Perthshire home, the deputy Scottish Tory leader has said.

Murdo Fraser's call to bring the stone back to Scone Palace came nearly 10 years after it was returned to Scotland from Westminster Abbey.

The Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP said there was no justification for keeping stone at its current home in Edinburgh.

The artefact, an ancient symbol of Scottish monarchy, had been in Westminster Abbey for 700 years.

Mr Fraser, who has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament for the stone's return to Scone, said: "Scone Palace is the original home of the Stone of Destiny, where Scottish Kings were crowned.

Complicated process

"There is no historical, political, constitutional or economic reason for it to be in Edinburgh - there is no historical link."

Mr Fraser admitted moving the stone would be a complicated process, but has urged MSPs to back his motion.

In 1996, the then Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth pushed for the stone's return to Scotland.

But it has now emerged that the decision to move it to Edinburgh Castle caused consternation among the Church of England authorities.

In a BBC Scotland documentary, it has been revealed that the Dean of Westminster Abbey was "livid" at the move.


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