Definition of the Stone of Scone from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Stone of Scone

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a large stone that was the traditional seat on which the ancient kings of Scotland were crowned (= officially made king). It was used until 1296, when Edward I had it brought to London and made into part of the Coronation Chair. For many Scottish people it is an important national symbol, and they asked repeatedly for it to be returned. It was removed from Westminster Abbey several times by Scottish people who thought that it should be kept in Scotland. In 1996 it was returned to Scotland and can be seen in Edinburgh Castle.