Monday, June 18, 2007

Stone of Destiny

An interesting story in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday about plans to film the story of the audacious theft of the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day in 1950. You can read the full story by clicking here.

The theft of the Stone occured during the tenure of Hector McNeil as Scottish Secretary, and he actually favoured its return to Scotland when the aftermath was discussed by the Labour government of Clem Attlee. However, when the Tories returned to power in 1951 the plans were shelved. Ironically, it was a staunchly Unionist Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, who finally repatriated the Stone in 1996.


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