The Stone of Scone: The Strange and Twisted Story of a Special Hunk of Sandstone

By | December 27, 2018

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The Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey was built to hold the Stone of Scone. Source: (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

One large chunk of sandstone that traces its history from biblical Egypt to Scotland, then to England, has become an important symbol of royalty and patriotism. Called the Stone of Scone, this rock is so important that it has been locked away to protect it from war only to have it stolen by a group of college students. Here is a brief history of the Stone of Scone. 

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Jacob Used the Stone of Scone as a Pillow

The biblical character, Jacob, gave us our first references to the Stone of Scone in Genesis. According to the story, Jacob laid his head on the stone, using it as a pillow as he slept. That night, he had his famous dream about a ladder that linked heaven and earth. After he awoke, Jacob was certain he was in the presence of God so he took the stone he had used as a pillow and consecrated it with oil and dedicated it to God. Jacob said, “The Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house.” Because of Jacob’s dream, the Stone of Scone acquired its mythical status.