The Stone of Destiny
The legal argument that the current monarch Elizabeth Windsor was not legally crowned – and thus all who swear an oath of allegiance to her have no Lawful Right to hold any position of authority have been well attested in law. See other posts. The legal argument we have no monarch is well established in law – though most people are unaware of the legal fact.
Here I present three videos from RichPlanet – and a detailed history – for those of you who like thorough research into the matter. Enjoy!
Columba – Columcille
Columcille (Columba) was born on December 7, 521, at Gartan in County Donegal, Ireland and was later driven out of Kells in Co. Meath, where he had gone to live, by the clergy and he went to, and founded a monastery on, the Island of Iona. Columba (“Dove”) was born Crimthann a nephew of Fergus Mac Erca (the then king of Scotland) and Fergus’ brother, the then reigning High-king of Ireland, Muircheartach Mac Erca.
A High-king who reigned later in COLM’S [Irish name for Columba] career, Ainmire, was his cousin. His father FEIDLIMID, was chieftain of the particular territory of TIR-CONAILL, in which he was born. And his mother, EITHNE, was daughter of a Munster chief, of the line of Cathair Mor. It was only in a time when, as then, the fires of Christianity glowed at white heat, that a man of such, and so many ROYAL ENTANGLEMENTS could turn his back upon wealth, rank and power, and give himself to God. — “The Story of the Irish Race.” The Devin-Adair Co., N.Y. 1949. P.160.Columba studied under the distinguished “Finian of Clonard” and, in 551, was ordained a priest of the CELTIC CHURCH. During his residence in Ireland, he lived at Kells and founded a number of churches and the famous monasteries Daire Calgaich (Derry) on the banks of Lough Foyle, and Dair-magh (Durrow) in King’s county.
As a member of the Celtic church, which was founded DIRECTLY upon the teachings of the Apostles of Christ who reached Britain, with Joseph of Arimathaea and Virgin Mary, shortly after the death of Christ, Columba observed the CORRECT PASSOVER (not the Babylonian Mystery religion’s Ishtar-Easter) and evidently kept God’s true SABBATH day (Saturday NOT the Babylonian’s SUN-day, the day of SUN-worship). That is why the Irish catholic clergy censured him in 563 and drove him out of Kells and Ireland, as recorded by Adamnan.
The island of Iona, where Columba went in 563, was part of the Scotic Dalriada; colonized and ruled by the (Irish) Scots. King Conal, who at this time reigned there, was a direct descendant of Fergus Mor Mac Erc and of the TIR-CONAILL family. He was, in fact, Columba’s own kinsman! To his kinsman the king made a grant of land where Columba and his disciples could build a home and establish a monastery.
One of the first things Columba did upon his arrival was to visit and pay homage to the Pillar-Stone of Jacob which had been placed in the church previously built by his uncle king Fergus. He then expelled the PAGAN Druid priests who inhabited the island. The non-pagan Druids were converted. Iona had been known as INNIS NAN DRUIDHNEAH (“THE ISLAND OF THE DRUIDS”), and was a sacred spot long before Columba made landfall in 563.
After a small settlement was constructed, Iona “developed into the most famous centre of CELTIC CHRISTIANITY, the MOTHER COMMUNITY of numerous monastic houses, whence missionaries were dispatched for the conversion of Scotland and northern England….”(“Encyclopedia Britannica.” 1943 edition. Vol.12, p.573).
Nine years after Columba arrived in Iona, Conal, king of the Dalriadic Scots in the West of Scotland, passed away. AIDAN, the son of Gauran, succeeded to the throne. Columba was held in such high regard by the clergy and the people; and being related to the recently departed king; that he was selected to perform the CEREMONY OF INAUGURATION on the accession of the new king (on An Faradh – the Inauguration Mound – the Eminence).
According to tradition “Columba had been, at first, unwilling to perform this ceremony [crowning of Aidan on the LIA FAIL]; but an ANGEL, as his biographers say, appeared to him during the night, HOLDING A BOOK CALLED ‘THE GLASS BOOK OF THE ORDINATION OF KINGS,’ which he put into the hands of Columba, and ORDERED HIM TO ORDAIN Aidan king, according to the directions of that book. This LIBER VITREUS (Glass Book) is supposed to have been so called from having its cover encrusted with glass or crystal.” (“The History of Ireland,” by Thomas Moore. Footnote p.247).
As E. Raymond Capt notes, “Aidan was crowned king of Scotland in a CORONATION RITE THAT HAS BEEN USED EVER SINCE by the succeeding monarches of Scotland and England. The ritual included a CONSECRATION declaring the future of Aidan’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, exactly as was done by JACOB when he blessed his sons before he died.” (“Jacob’s Pillar,” p.45).
Columba is believed to have slept on a flagstone in Iona with a rock as his pillow. Being himself the custodian of the Bethel – Lia Fail Stone, it is possible, if not actually probable, that the rock he used as his pillow was the Lia Fail – Jacob’s pillow – the Stone of Destiny upon which Jacob saw his visions from God.
In the year 597 death came to Columba. During the May of that year, he visited the farm on the west side of the island where his brethren grew the crops necessary for the survival of the settlement. “On SATURDAY of that week he visited the great barn in which was stored the community’s stock of food, and rejoiced in the great store he found there, which would insure plenty for his beloved ones for that year.
With exceeding earnestness he blessed the barn that it should ever hold and give in plenty to the ardent servants of God. Then he said to those who stood around him: ‘THIS DAY IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IS CALLED SABBATH, which means rest. And this day is indeed SABBATH TO ME, for it is the last day of my laborious life, AND ON IT I REST. And this night…I shall go the way of my fathers.’…At the end of the day, when it came time for the SABBATH VIGILS [evening prayers], having reached the end of a page, he laid down his pen, saying: ‘Let Baithen write the rest.’ And his last written words were those of the thirty-third psalm — ‘They that seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.’
So that the first words which his successor…Baithen, was to write were: ‘Come, ye children, and hearken unto me. I will teach you the fear of the Lord.'” (“The Story of the Irish Race,” by Seumas MacManus. Revised edition. The Devin-Adair Co., Connecticut. 1992. Pp.172-173).
Shortly afterwards, this remarkable man of God, and guardian of the Stone of Destiny, went to his rest.
The Lia Fail Stone was never returned to Ireland, but, as prophesied, stayed in Scotland where all of the Scottish kings were crowned on it up to 1296 A.D. After Fergus the Great was crowned on the Lia Fail it was moved from Dunadd to Iona around A.D. 563, which is the same year that Columba arrived in Iona; then from Iona to Dunstaffnage near Oban and then later still to Scone near Perth.
“In 843 A.D., Kenneth Mac Alpin was crowned on the Lia Fail Stone as the first King of the United Kingdom of the Picts and the Scots. One of his first acts as King was to found a church at Scone (near Perth, Scotland) because it was there that he had gained his principal victory over the Picts.
“King Kenneth 2nd (d.995 A.D.) had the Stone placed on a wooden pedestal in front of the high altar of the Abbey of Scone…. The ancient Abbey of Scone was destroyed in 1559 A.D. at the time of the Reformation. Today… on Moot Hill (the Hill of Credulity) stands a stone chapel, marking the place where the Stone of Destiny had rested and where the kings of Scotland presided over their Parliaments. According to the official Westminster Abbey Guide (book) – 1918 edition, on page 87, “It is said that the following distich had been engraved upon it by Kenneth:-
Ni fallat fatum, Scoti quocunque locatum Invenient lapidem regnare tenentur ibidem.” “If trick of fate, the Scots maintained wherever located find another place. “
Edward the 1st of England (Edward “Longshanks” in the film Braveheart) invaded Scotland and removed the Stone to England in 1296 A.D. Edward took The Lia Fail to London where it was placed in Westminster Abbey and all of the kings of England right up to and including George the 6th were crowned on The Stone of Destiny.
In Westminster Abbey Edward’s Chair, in which the succeeding kings and queens of the realm have been inaugurated, is in height six feet and seven inches, in breadth at the bottom thirty-eight inches, and in depth twenty-four inches; from the seat to the bottom is twenty-five inches; the breadth of the seat within the sides is twenty-eight inches, and the depth eighteen inches. At nine inches from the ground is a board, supported at the four corners WITH AS MANY LIONS [SYMBOL OF JUDAH].
Between the seat and this board is ENCLOSED A STONE, commonly called JACOB’S, or THE FATAL (Lia Fail) MARBLE STONE, which is an oblong of about twenty-two inches in length, thirteen inches broad and eleven inches deep; of a steel colour, mixed with some veins of red. HISTORY RELATES THAT THIS IS THE STONE WHEREON THE PATRIARCH JACOB LAID HIS HEAD IN THE PLAINS OF LUZ (BETHEL). Genesis 35:6 So Jacob came to Luz, which [is] in the land of Canaan, that [is], Bethel,
Some Scots have always maintained that the real Scottish Coronation Stone was a different colour and shape and it never left Scotland; but that a fake was foisted on the English soldiers of Edward “Longshanks” by the Abbot of Scone, who knew in advance that Edward’s soldiers were coming to take the stone from the Scots.
The only logical conclusion that can be drawn from all of the facts; prophecies and legends; using the fact that the simplest answer is usually the right one; is the only conclusion that fits perfectly with all of them.
I know from various sources that there were in fact two stones in Scotland; one of which I will call (1) the Stone of Destiny (bluish/purplish steel colour with veins of red) and the other (2) the Scottish Regal (black marble), for ease of explanation.
Some of the ancient chroniclers state that the Scottish Regal Stone was hollowed like a seat or chair, others that it was black; marble; carved; sculptured; that it had an inscription; that it had metal bands around it with metal hooks on all four corners by which to carry it.
There are what appear to be two conflicting stories about the Stone of Destiny and how it came to Scotland at two different times, being brought by two different people by similar but nevertheless two different routes, which most historians have tried to lump together and which, like a square peg and a round hole, do not fit.
This has caused great confusion for them and also for the readers of their history books. The reason that these two stories do not fit together is because although they are similar in content, they are in fact two totally separate stories about two separate stones* that were used for the same purpose by two separate branches of the same people that historians have tried to make into one and therein lies the cause of the confusion.
* It became a common practice for nations to have a special stone or stone chair that they used for coronations.
One story from the “Chronicles of Scotland” by Hector Boece relates how (in 1300 BC) Gathelus (Gallo) and his wife Scota who married in Egypt; then sojourned in Spain before coming (or their descendants) to Pictland (now Scotland) with the black marble Regal Stone used as the Coronation Stone by the Zarah (Red Lion) branch of Judah.
The other tells how (in 583 BC – 700 years after Gathelus and Scota) Jeremiah brought king Zedekiah’s daughter Tamar “Teia” (Tea) Tephi and the Stone of Destiny – Jacob’s Pillar (Bethel) used as the Coronation Stone by the Pharez (Golden Lion) branch of Judah from Jerusalem to Ireland, via Egypt, Gibraltar, Spain and Cornwall and that after more than a thousand years at Tara, it was brought to Dunadd in Western Scotland (the Eastern Dalriada) by Fergus Mor mac Erc in c. 500 AD.
The confusion has come about because people have tried to amalgamate the two stories, instead of realising that they are about different people and stones (700 years apart). The key to the mystery would be Kenneth MacAlpin who was descended from Teia Tephi from the line of David and Eochaidh mac Duach from the line of Zarah on his patriarchal side and whose mother was a Pictish princess and it was he who united the Picts and Scots into one kingdom – the kingdom of Scotland at which point the two Coronation Stones came together at Scone.
Then in 1296 when Edward 1st “Longshanks” decided to take the Scottish Coronation Stone from Scone, Abbot Thomas kept the Scottish Regal (Gathelus’) black marble stone that had been the throne of the Picts and gave the Stone of Destiny (Bethel – Jacob’s Pillar) to Edward 1st’s soldiers, thereby fulfilling the third overturn prophesied by God in Ezekiel 21:27. Abbot Thomas was then still able to crown Robert the Bruce on the Scottish Regal as king of Scotland at Scone in 1306 and was subsequently arrested by Edward; taken to England; imprisoned; kept incommunicado in chains until he died without revealing the whereabouts of the Scottish Regal, which was found in 1819 at Dunsinane and reported to have been taken to London.
There are two accounts of this part of the story from the early nineteenth century of a possible original stone at Dinsinnan/Dunsinane, the site of Macbeth’s Castle just a few miles from Scone. One account, that has been passed down through generations of the Earls of Mansfield who have possessed the lands at Scone for almost 400 years, is that farm lads who, due to a landslide brought on by torrential rain, discovered a fissure in the rocky hillside, and, on exploration, found themselves in a chamber containing “a slab of stone covered with hieroglyphics and supported by four short stone legs”
The second account was reported in the London Morning Chronicle of 2nd of January 1819, telling how, during excavations among the castle ruins, ground collapsed and workmen fell into an underground vault which contained “a large stone weighing about 500 pounds which is pronounced to be of the meteoric or semi-metallic kind”. The report goes on to say that the stone was shipped to London for inspection. Nothing has been heard of it since then.
It is this black marble stone found in 1819 that is the Scottish Regal belonging to the Scots and it should be on display in Edinburgh Castle or Scone Palace, not the Scottish sandstone fake made by Baillie Robert Gray of Glasgow in the 1920’s and left at Arbroath Abbey on 11th April 1951 that Elizabeth 2 was crowned upon; nor the real Bethel Stone of Destiny that is currently held either by Ian Hamilton or his friends and has been since 25/12/1950 and belongs in Ireland, at Royal Tarah, from where it was borrowed by Fergus Mor mac Erc, from his brother Muircheartach the king of Tarah, in 500 AD.
It’s a well-known fact that as London was being bombed by German Luftwaffe during World War 2, contingency safety plans were written-up to protect The Stone. Not until the 1950’s was it revealed that the then Prime Minister of Canada was the only person outside a group numbering no more than 10 men, caretakers of the Relics at Westminister Abbey who knew where The Stone was hidden on the Abbey grounds. NO similar plans had been made to secrete away the Crown Jewels.
The Coronation Chair with the Stone in it were kept for a time in Winchester Cathedral.
In “Jacob’s Pillar”, E. Raymond Capt, Artisan Sales 1977, writes, “Dean Stanley (Arthur Penrhyn Stanley 1864-1881), one-time custodian of the Stone, in his book “Memorials of Westminster Abbey”, sums up its historical importance in these words; “It is the one primeval monument which binds together the whole Empire. The iron rings, the battered surface, the CRACK which has all but rent its solid mass asunder, bear WITNESS of the English Monarchy — an element of poetic, patriarchal, heathen times… carries back our thoughts … a link which unites the Throne of England to the traditions of Tara and Iona” (2nd Edit. pg. 66). Capt (p. 57).
The final breaking of The Stone would witness the end of the reign of the Line of David and the transfer of the sovereignty to Joseph/Ephraim (Genesis 49:10, 22-24).
Dean Stanley, in his book “Memorials of Westminster Abbey”, makes this daring statement regarding the stone:
“The chief object of attraction, to this day, for the innumerable visitors to the Abbey, is probably that ancient Irish monument of the Empire known as the Coronation Stone. It is the most prized object which the Empire holds today.”
He speaks of the stone as a “primeval monument which binds together the whole Empire,” and he claims that it has been proved to be the identical one on which Columba asked to lay his dying head at Iona – it having been Jacob’s pillow.
There is no stone of the same variety in or around Tara, Iona, or Scone, where it had previously been kept, but there is a similar geological formation near Luz – or Bethel. Canon Tristraim’s discoveries, recorded in his book, “Land of Moab,” verify this statement.
During the visiting hours, the Vergers of the Abbey conduct large groups of people to the front of the Coronation Chair, calling their attention to the Stone in these words:
“Here we have Jacob’s pillow.”
Inscribed on the arch surrounding the chair in which the stone is placed, are the words, “This is God’s House.”
We read in the Book of Genesis, chapter 28: “And Jacob took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And called the name of that place Beth-el: … And Jacob vowed a vow saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.”
In appearance the rugged surface of The Stone of Destiny is of a steely dull-purplish colour, varying somewhat, and with some reddish veins. It is composed of calcareous sandstone and imbedded in it are a few pebbles; one of quartz and two others of a dark material (porphyrite or andesite?). Its shape is roughly “pillow-like” being about 26″ in length; 16″ in width, and 10.5″ in depth. Across its surface runs a crack and some chisel-marks are still visible on one or two sides. It appears to have been in the process of being prepared for building purposes, but was discarded before being finished.
In preparation for king George 6th’s coronation, The Stone was temporarily removed from the Coronation Chair, and a photograph was taken of it. This photograph disclosed that a groove runs right across The Stone from ring to ring. From its appearance this groove was not cut, but was clearly the result of friction from a single pole being passed across from ring to ring. Such an indentation and wearing-away of material indicates the enormous amount of carrying that The Stone was subjected to. If, as it appears, a single pole was used, because of the weight of The Stone (458 lbs.) it is probable that more than two persons actually carried The Stone.
Ian Hamilton, a Scottish Nationalist, studying law at Glasgow University; not realising that he was being inspired by God to do it in fulfillment of His Prophecy to Ezekiel; decided something had to be done about recovering The Stone from England, and, when he met Kay Matheson at the Covenant party in October 1950, he found her in a similar frame of mind. He got money from a Glasgow businessman who had been involved in the previous nineteen-thirties attempt to liberate The Stone.
In the early hours of Christmas morning (clue) in 1950, the Lia Fail (Stone of Destiny) was removed from Westminster Abbey by four Scottish Nationalists:- Kay Matheson, Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon and Alan Stuart, and taken back to Scotland, with the assistance of two new members of the team: Johnny Josselyn and Bill Craig.
Big Ben struck 4 a.m. as Kay Matheson drove the Anglia into a lane at Palace Yard by the Abbey. Ian Hamilton parked the known car on nearby Millbank. She stayed in the car as the other broke into the Abbey near Poets’ Corner and made for the Confessor’s Chapel. Hamilton laid his coat reverently on the ground to receive the Stone, but it wouldn’t budge.* He pulled one of the rings, and suddenly it was sliding towards him as easily as though THE HANDS OF ANGELS WERE HELPING. To his horror he realised that only part of the sandstone (porphyry) block was attached to the ring.
* Towards the end of December 1950 four young students visited Westminster Abbey with a plan to remove the Coronation Stone and take it back to Scotland. Those months of preparation should have been devoted to removing 458 pounds of sandstone from England to Scotland, especially on Christmas day, proves that at least they knew a great deal more about the Stone than most people. They succeeded in their plan.
When the disappearance was discovered, the hue and cry was unprecedented. The practice they had on removing a stone of similar proportions in Glasgow (weighing 336 lbs.) turned out to be of little use for two reasons, (1) the Coronation Stone was heavier by far (122 lbs. heavier), and (2) it was cracked diagonally across the surface, and broke in the course of its removal. LIA FAIL or THE STONE OF DESTINY – George H. Thompson and Rev. McKelvey – 1977.
No Stone Unturned, Ian R. Hamilton (1925), London, Gollancz 1952. page 36, para 3, line 4:- “I examined the Stone carefully. It is a block of rough-hewn sandstone twenty-six and three quarter inches long, by ten and three quarter inches deep, by sixteen and three quarter inches broad. I had not been able to find its weight, but we had reckoned (based upon the practice copy they made) that it would not be more than three hundredweights (the exact weight of their pinkish buff Scottish sandstone copy 336 lbs., made by Bertie Gray now on display in Edinburgh Castle crown room), though we were later to discover to our cost that it was more than four [cwt.] (458 lbs.). On either end a few links of chain terminating in an iron ring . . .”
A Touch of Treason, Ian R. Hamilton, Q.C., Lochar, 1990. page 50 para 2, line 2:- “It was a great rough piece of sandstone, as big as a sack of coal, and it weighed more than four hundredweight (448+ lbs.).”
The Taking of the Stone of Destiny, Ian Robertson Hamilton, Q.C., Lochar 1991, ISBN 0-948403-24-1, page 26, para 6, line 4:- “I examined the Stone carefully. It is a block of rough-hewn sandstone twenty-six and three quarter inches long, by ten and three quarter inches deep, by sixteen and three quarter inches broad. These measurements came from a book. I did not measure it. I had not been able to find its weight, but we had reckoned (based upon the practice copy they made) that it would not be more than three hundredweights (the exact weight of their pinkish buff Scottish sandstone copy 336 lbs., made by Bertie Gray now on display in Edinburgh Castle crown room), though we were later to discover to our cost that it was more than four [cwt.] – (458 lbs.). On either end a few links of chain terminating in an iron ring . . .”
“The Times” – Thursday July 8 1999, News, page 5, by Jason Allardyce, Scottish Political Reporter.
“SNP pioneer knew the ‘real’ story”:
A woman who died last week in her 100th year may have taken the secret of the Stone of Destiny to the grave. Margaret “Pearl” Cook, one of the five founders of the SNP in 1927, told relatives that she knew where the “real” stone was. Miss Cook was in the “inner circle” of nationalist supporters who planned the audacious snatch of the stone from Westminster Abbey in 1950. Her nephew Bill Simpson, 58, said that Miss Cook had hinted strongly before she died that the stone handed back was a fake.
“Glasgow Herald” – Wednesday July 17th, 1996 (News Focus section, page 7). Report by Rob Robertson and Carlos Alba.
“The X-ray files: how historic secrets over a bizarre theft were finally unlocked before the press – VERDICT WRITTEN IN STONE”.
“In a small reading room at the General Registrar’s Office in Edinburgh yesterday, the secrets of the Stone of Destiny were finally unlocked. . . . an after-hours X-ray investigation carried out on the stone to try to prove once and for all whether the one returned to Westminster Abbey was real.
At the time of the theft in 1950, an endorsement by abbey staff (who had never seen the real Stone) that the correct stone had been returned seemed to satisfy most people’s curiosity, despite a claim by Bailie Robert Gray, a well-known SNP activist, that he had kept the real one in Scotland.
It was in Mr Gray’s building (Monumental Sculpture) yard (Lambhill Store) in Glasgow that the stone stolen from Westminster, which had broken in two, had been repaired. Crucially, as it would turn out, he used four metal rods (one per cwt. of stone) to put the (real 458 lbs.) stone back together.
It was these rods, three (one per cwt. of stone) of which showed up in an X-ray (of the 336 lbs. fake-stone that Elizabeth Mountbatten was crowned upon and is now on display in Edinburgh Castle since 1996), that the Scottish Office believes helps show that the stone returned to Westminster was the correct one, although the Government papers do show concern only three rather than four were recorded.”
(Glasgow) Chief Constable Kerr admitted he had become close friends with Mr Gray, Mr Hamilton and Mr Alan Stewart, who was also involved in the theft of the stone.
In a letter dated August 3, 1973, the police chief said he had lunch occasionally with the men and the theft of the Stone of Destiny was brought up.
“Eventually, all the gaps were filled in (on the theft) by both them and myself”, he said. The police chief said that Mr Gray, who repaired the broken stone and claimed he had kept it after the repair, had confessed over a drink that he was worried about getting a prison sentence over his involvement.
Therefore the stone that Elizabeth was crowned on in 1953 and then returned to Edinburgh in 1996 is absolutely without doubt a fake.
Heaving it like a rugby ball, he sprinted out to dump it in the car. Dashing back into the Abbey, he helped manoeuver the main part onto his coat. They started to slide it out through the door. Suddenly Kay started the car. Hamilton left the others, ran down the lane and leapt into the passenger seat. What was she thinking about? They weren’t ready to leave yet.
Kay whispered ‘A policeman is coming towards us’ and promptly melted into Hamilton’s arms. So affected was the constable by the young lovers that he spent time kindly explaining where they could find a darkened car-park. When they knew the Anglia’s number was also now on record, Kay decided to get her part of The Stone out of London, immediately. ‘We didn’t break it, you know. It had been cracked by a suffragette’s bomb.’
Not true, they did break it as is obvious from reading Ian Hamilton’s book “No Stone Unturned” page 83, para 4, “I shall not forget what the faint light revealed, for I had pulled a section of the Stone away from the main part, . . .” Para 5:- “‘We’ve broken Scotland’s luck,’ came Alan’s awful whisper.
I shone the torch on the break. Suddenly I saw that the greater area of the break was much darker than the thin wafer round the top edge (which broke cleanly when they dropped the Stone). The Stone had been cracked for years, and they had not told us.”
Hamilton also confessed to breaking the Stone in his later book “A Touch of Treason”, Lochar 1990, page 55, para 3, line 15:- “The three of us heaved at the Stone, tugging and pulling, getting in each other’s way. It came out with a thump on to the floor, and broke into two pieces, . . .”
last line:- “I betray myself. So often have I been asked about that moment, and how I felt . . . we broke the thing.” Hamilton confesses again in “The Taking of the Stone of Destiny”, Lochar 1991, page 81, para 5:- “‘We’ve broke it,’ I said (to Kay).” So the clean part of the break is where Ian Hamilton and friends broke the already long-time cracked Stone.
A traffic light stopped her outside Harrods in Knightsbridge. When she started off again there was a loud thump. She pulled in. ‘Ian hadn’t closed the boot properly, and the Stone (broken off piece weighing 90 lbs. – page 119, “No Stone Unturned”, para 3:- “that bit of the Stone weighs ninety pounds.”) had landed in the middle of the road. I had to lift it back in again’. She got safely out of London.
Meanwhile, Hamilton had collected the spare car from Millbank. The other two members of his team had vanished. Hamilton dragged the Stone to the car and end-over-end, he heaved the Stone onto the back seat. Page 90, “No Stone Unturned”, para 3:- ‘The Stone was still lying where the other two (Gavin Vernon and Alan Stuart) had left it.
I caught hold of one end, and dragged it to the car. It came without the slightest difficulty. I raised it up on one end, and gently lowered that end into the car. The car went down on its springs, and I thought it (the car) was going to beetle over on top of me. I seized the other end. It meant that I had to lift the whole weight (368 lbs. – the piece that had broken off weighed 90 lbs. and 90+368=458 lbs., which is the weight of the real Stone of Destiny) until it passed top dead centre and I could lower it into the car.
I think it went quite easily. I do not remember straining . . . Let the cynics laugh and Archbishops howl “Sacrilege!” but THE HANDS OF GOD WERE OVER MINE (helping me to lift 368 lbs. weight – almost three times Hamilton’s own weight of 9 stones 7 lbs.*) when I (read We – Hamilton and God**) lifted that Stone.’
* “No Stone Unturned”, page 44, para 2, line 3:- “This baby, of course, weighed four hundredweights, and as I weighed only nine and a half stones, . . .”
“The Taking of the Stone of Destiny”, page 35, para 5, line 3:- “This baby weighed four hundredweight, and as I am only five foot six and weigh nine and a half stone, . . .”
** In “A Touch of Treason”, Lochar 1990, Ian Hamilton stated, on Page 55, para 3, line 15:- “The three of us heaved at the Stone, tugging and pulling, getting in each other’s way. It came out with a thump on to the floor, and broke into two pieces, . . .” page 56, para 2, line 4:- “Then we bumped it down the steps (on his coat) to the nave.
It was heavy, and three of us could not have carried it between us.” (and that is why Gavin Vernon and Alan Stuart had dropped and broken it, and it was at that exact moment, as it came out free from the Chair, that they found “to their cost” that it weighed more than four hundredweights [458 lbs.] and not three hundredweights [336 lbs.] like the replica stone Bertie Gray had made in the late 1920’s, that they had practised on before going to Westminster, and which they ultimately left at Arbroath Abbey on April 11th 1951 for the authorities to find, that is now on display, where it has been since 1996, in Edinburgh Castle Crown Room and weighs 336 lbs. according to Historic Scotland’s official “The Stone of Destiny – Symbol of Nationhood” booklet sold at Edinburgh Castle).
They had originally planned for only two young men (Hamilton and Vernon) to remove and carry the Stone, believing it weighed only three hundredweights (336 lbs.), like the Bertie Gray replica stone that they had practised on and had found that two of them could carry. Otherwise, if they had known before-hand that the Real Stone of Destiny weighed more than four hundredweights and three of them could not carry it, they would have taken at least two more people with them to help carry it.
It would have been extremely stupid of them, for two of them to go all the way to London, to try to remove the Stone, without practising with Gray’s replica first and being absolutely sure that the two of them would be able to carry it. So they had to have believed it weighed three hundredweights; like the replica Bertie Gray had made in the 1920’s and they had practised with; right up until the moment that “to their cost”, they found it weighed more than four hundredweights and they were unable to even hold it, never mind carry it, and they dropped and broke it – symbolising the end of the line for the tribe of Judah’s sovereignty and the beginning of the final overturn of the sovereignty from the tribe of Judah to Shiloh – Genesis 49:10.
Therefore, there is absolutely no possibility that Ian Hamilton could have lifted the Stone into the car and up onto the back-seat, unless, as he rightly said, God helped him to lift that Stone, in fulfilment of His Prophecy, in Genesis 49:10 and Ezekiel 21:27. No other analysis of the facts makes sense.
Filled with wild elation, he drove South – the police would block all roads North. A good idea – but how do you know which way is South in an unfamiliar town in the dark? When dawn came he was still being misdirected around London by strangers. Incredibly, he spotted Vernon and Stuart (Divine planning and guidance*).
* ‘No Stone Unturned’, page 91, para 5:- “We had never been in this part of the city before. They were walking without design, and I was driving in a maze, completely lost. All London was open to us. It was a plain MIRACLE (emphasis mine), yet it did not even surprise us.”
Vernon was despatched to wait while Hamilton and Stuart sped towards Kent and planted the Stone on a grassy bank. They returned to Westminster, where Hamilton retrieved his coat, and worried about what his father, a Paisley tailor, would say about the dreadful state he had got it into.
Hamilton who genuinely revered The Stone, blamed himself for putting it at risk. Kay had invited Stuart to spend New Year at Inverasdale, but instead he found himself driving South again with Hamilton to recover the main portion of the Stone that they had hidden in Kent. The worst thing for Hamilton was not knowing how much the police knew – surely they must have some information?
Hamilton and Stuart set off South in the Stuart family’s large Armstrong-Siddeley, down frozen roads on packed snow with the AA warning of blizzards to come. There were two new members of the team: the late Johnny Josselyn, and Bill Craig.
At half past two that (Sunday 31st December 1950) Hogmanay they drove the Stone of Destiny across the border and into Scotland. Later that evening they drove into Glasgow, the whole adventure had cost a total of 70 pounds. They had no idea of what to do with their cargo.
Hamilton phoned Bertie Gray, and while they waited for him outside the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, he munched into a fish-supper, sitting on the Stone in the car. ‘I had never been in a more bizarre situation’. When Gray arrived he said: ‘Drive out towards Stirling. I’VE GOT THE VERY MAN.’ (That ‘very man’ was John Rollo of Rollo Lathes at Bonnybridge*.) All those involved now faced arrest, prosecution and imprisonment. Others were destined to whisk The Stone into hiding.
* Bonnybridge is the place that has the most reported sightings of UFO’s in Scotland and the world, according to local Councillor Billy Buchanan who is very friendly, sincere and is bravely and determinedly devoted to pursuing and publicising the truth. Billy is also very interested in the history of The Stone and my explanation of why Bonnybridge is the UFO hotspot of the world. He has searched the world over for someone to explain it to him, and all the experts, world-wide, have been unable to do so. He has gladly accepted my explanation, as it is the only one that makes perfect sense; as only the truth invariably does.
The factory where the Stone was hidden was recently (in 2002) sold and is now owned by Glen McBeath and no longer manufactures lathes, but is an engineering works that offers a complete machining service. The factory is now called Rollo Industries, St. Andrews Works, Bonnybridge. www.rollo-ind.co.uk
John Rollo had agreed to hide the Stone on the understanding that he alone would know the whereabouts of the hiding-place. Two weeks after receiving the Stone, Rollo was summoned to Bishopbriggs by David Forrester, secretary of the Covenant committee. There he was handed the smaller fragment of the Stone by Alan Stuart’s dad. Returning to Bonnybridge, Rollo hid it under his desk, before passing it to his co-director to hide in his garage.
By March 1951 arrangements to return the Stone were taking place and John Rollo delivered both pieces to an address in Bearsden, where stone-masons began repairs. The fake had to also be broken and repaired, then substituted for the real Stone to be handed to the authorities. The fake, being only three-quarters of the weight of the real Stone, only needed three bronze tubes to repair it, rather than the four that the real Stone needed – one bronze tube per hundred-weight of stone.
Bertie Gray was a monumental sculptor as well as a Glasgow Councillor and vice-chairman of the Covenant, he produced his replica of The Stone (that he made in the 1920’s) from his Lambhill store and helped Ian Hamilton and Bill Craig to place the fake Stone, wrapped in the Scottish Flag, on the High Altar of Arbroath Abbey at midday on the 11th April, 1951 and notify the authorities that they could find it there, which they did on the 12th.
The authorities then sent the fake stone (with the three bronze tubes in it), weighing exactly three hundredweight (336 lbs.), which was cut from sandstone that had been quarried from Quarrymill quarry at Scone in Perthshire, to London on the 13th and Elizabeth 2 was crowned upon it. Since Elizabeth 2 has never been crowned upon the real Lia Fail/Coronation Stone, she has not been officially crowned queen of Britain, in the eyes of God.
The fake stone, known as the Stone of Scone and weighing 336 lbs. (with the three bronze tubes in it), was sent back to Scotland in 1996, where it is now on public display in Edinburgh Castle. So what happened to The real Lia Fail – Stone of Destiny after the Scottish Nationalists removed it from Westminster Abbey, and what is The Stone’s final Destiny, from which it got its name?
Did the police recover The Stone of Destiny? No! Definitely not! We have God’s Word and Promise that they wouldn’t.
In 1986 there was an article in a British (Sun?, Daily Record?, The Scotsman?) Newspaper (that I read personally, whilst in Spain) stating that a “death-bed confession” by one of the people/students (the late Johnny Josselyn, or John Rollo who died in 1985?) who helped to return The “Stone” from Westminster Abbey to Scotland in 1950, confirmed that the stone upon which Elizabeth had been crowned was NOT The Stone of Destiny, but was in fact a fake (made by Baillie Robert Gray).
In 1986, “The Scotsman” carried photographs ‘supplied by Miss Marjorie S. Brock, who was treasurer of the 1320 Club (Scottish Declaration of Independence, at Arbroath, dated April 6th 1320), no longer in existence’. One photograph was captioned ‘The Stone of Destiny, which has been on display in St Columba’s Parish Church, Dundee, since June 1972.’ The second photograph was of a plaque which read:-
The Stone of Destiny has been set here. An appropriate place* for a symbol so venerable and significant in Scottish history. It has been given into the keeping of the Minister and Kirk Session of St Columba’s Parish Church, Dundee, by the 1320 Club in association with Baillie (Municipal Officer and Magistrate) Robert Gray, Glasgow, who helped to place the (fake) Stone in Arbroath Abbey on 12 th April, 1951.
* It is appropriate that the Stone was kept in Columba’s church because he had previously been the guardian of the Stone at Iona.
The name of the Minister of Columba’s Kirk who took custody of the Stone at his church at Lochee West, in Dundee was John Mackay Nimmo (now deceased) of the Knights Templar. The stone had been left in Edinburgh’s Parliament Square for the Knights Templar to collect, in 1965. Later, when Columba’s Kirk was closed, and sealed up as unsafe, by the Ministry of Health and Safety, because of all kinds of rot (allegedly), six Knights Templar were chosen and helped by God to rescue the Stone for Him and the iron-grid cover with the brass plaque on it and they were chased, in their Range Rover, all over Scotland.
John Mackay Nimmo went to his grave believing the stone in his custody was the real Stone of Destiny, as has been recently affirmed by his widow, Jean Nimmo (Daily Mail, Thursday July 8th 1999).
Was the condemning of the Kirk (Church) of Columba in Dundee, by the Ministry, a dirty trick?
Did the “Ministry of Dirty-tricks” try to get control of the “Stone”; after the 1986 “death-bed confession” newspaper article in (The Sun? Daily Record? The Scotsman?) tipping them off, then followed by The Scotsman article also in 1986 telling them, where it was; by falsely condemning Columba’s Church as unsafe and sealing it up with the “Stone” inside it, so that the truth could be sealed-in and covered-up and no-one would find out, or be able to prove, that Elizabeth has never really been crowned?
I have personally inspected this stone on Monday 5th July 1999; the iron grid cover and the aforementioned brass plaque that have been safely and religiously guarded by the honourable Scottish Knights Templar, for more than forty years. This stone is also a Scottish sandstone fake, made to look like a cess-pit lid, to fit the old Scottish legend about Edward the First having been deceived, and fobbed-off with a cess-pit lid from Scone.
It was presumably also made by Baillie Robert Gray, as well as the fake that has been on display since 1996 in Edinburgh Castle, upon which Elizabeth 2 was crowned, that I personally inspected on Monday 12th July 1999. Bertie Gray is known to have made at least two copies, and to have given this one to the Knights Templar in 1965.
Therefore Ian Hamilton Q.C.; Kay Matheson; Alan Stuart; Gavin Vernon and Bill Craig and/or their associates must still have the real Stone of Destiny hidden somewhere.
But what of the real Stone of Destiny’s final destiny, that it got its name from?
As the Lia Fail is God’s Throne of Israel and He knows all things before they happen, we can look at The Book He gave us (The Bible) to find out what that Destiny is and what will happen to the Lia Fail. The following is an excerpt from God’s prophecy out of The Old Testament Book of His Prophet Ezekiel:-
21:26 Thus saith the Lord “I AM”; Remove the diadem (sovereignty), and take off the crown: this [shall] not [be] the same: exalt [him that is] low (Line of Zarah), and abase [him that is] high (Line of Pharez).
21:27 I will overturn (1), overturn (2), overturn (3), it: and it shall be no [more], [overturned] UNTIL he come whose Right it is; and (4) I will give it [him – Shiloh / Christ (Genesis 49 v 10)].
Verse 26 above tells us that The Throne (Lia Fail) will be (was) taken from the Pharez branch (him that was high) of the tribe of Judah in Jerusalem and given to the Zarah branch (him that was low) of the tribe of Judah, who had settled in Ireland.
This happened when king Zedekiah of Jerusalem from the Pharez branch of the tribe of Judah, was overthrown by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and princess Teia Tephi, Zedekiah’s daughter brought the Lia Fail Stone to Ireland and married Eochaidh Mac Earc/Duach/Dui, the high king of Ireland who was from the Zarah branch of Judah in the sixth century B.C., as shown symbolically on the Ulster Flag.
The above was the first of the four overturns mentioned in verse 27. The second overturn was when the Lia Fail was taken from Ireland to Scotland in c. 500 A.D., overturning the Throne from the kings of Ireland, and the third overturn was when the Throne was removed from the Scots and taken to England in 1296.
God then tells us in the second half of verse 27, that the Throne shall be overturned no more, UNTIL He (Shiloh – Christ) comes whose Right it is; and that He (God) will give it to him (Christ). If we go to Genesis 49:9-10; we are told that the sceptre (sovereignty) will not depart from the line of Judah until Shiloh (Christ) comes (and then it will depart from Judah). In Genesis 49:22-24 we are told that from Joseph’s seed (not Judah’s) will The Shepherd (Christ) come.
The fourth and final overturn began on Christ-mas Day in 1950 when God inspired and Christ assisted four Scottish Nationalists to remove the real Lia Fail from Westminster Abbey for Him and replace it with the fake (Stone of Scone).
King George 6th knew of this prophecy in Ezekiel 21:27 concerning the British Throne – the Stone of Destiny – and the fourth and final overturn and was vexed and afraid that the loss portended the end of his dynasty, as Ian Hamilton states in his book “The Taking of the Stone of Destiny”, Lochar 1991, page 139, “Forty years on” line 8:-
“Privately we learned that he (George 6th) had a superstitious fear that the loss portended the end of his dynasty.”
George 6th must have known, as must his daughter Elizabeth, that the stone that was left at Arbroath Abbey on 11th April 1951 was a Scottish sandstone fake, and she must have known, from that, that she was cursed by God and never really crowned. After George 6th died, Elizabeth Mountbatten delayed her coronation, whilst desperately seeking and hoping to find the genuine Coronation Stone, but, when it was not found and she had to hold a coronation ceremony, she flatly refused to have the ceremony televised, because she was afraid that people would see the fake stone, recognise that it was a fake, and know that she was a pretender to the Throne.
Mrs. Mountbatten was unable to enforce her will and had her hand forced, by popular-demand, to allow the ceremony to be televised, so she set a firm condition upon the B.B.C. that there must be absolutely no close-up shots, and nothing shown at a closer distance than thirty feet, so that no-one would be able to see a close-up of the fake stone that she knew she was pretending to be crowned upon.
She must also have known the prophecy, as did her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria, who said that if Christ came to take the Throne, she would immediately step down and give it to its rightful owner, and everyone of them knew it down to George 6th. It is unthinkable that George 6th would not also have taught this to his children – that Christ would come one day and rightfully claim the British Throne, in fulfilment of prophecy. Elizabeth must have known that Christ was already here; because the Throne had been removed from her, in fulfilment of prophecy; and that one day during her reign Christ would rightfully claim the Throne.
Elizabeth 2 who is descended from the royal line of David from the tribe of Judah, was then crowned on that fake stone in 1953, so in actual fact was never officially crowned queen of Britain in the eyes of God; as God Himself prevented her from being, by having the Stone taken from her.
This fulfils the first half of the prophecy given in Genesis chapter 49 (the sceptre departs from Judah), and all that remains is for Christ to come from Joseph’s seed (Ephraim’s line – the English) and claim His Rightful place on God’s Throne – Bethel – The Lia Fail – Stone of Destiny – which Christ did, officially, by High Court Writ, in Sheffield High Court, on 13th of June in 1988 as prophesied, and then be given it, by God, very soon, according to Nostradamus.
L’an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois
Du ciel viendra un grand Roi d’effrayeur
Rescuciter le grand Roi d’Angoulmois.
Avant apres Mars regner par bon heur.
The year 1999 seven month (July or Sept-ember)
From heaven will come a great King of Alarm/Warning (Prophet – Elijah – see the Old Testament Book of Malachi chapter 4)
He will bring back to life the Great King of Israel (Christ from the Tribe of Joseph/Ephraim – Genesis 49:10; 22-24 k.J.A.V. of Bible).
Before (warning) after war (Armageddon) reigns in good (God’s) time – (the Seventh i.e. the Sabbath Millennium – the third millennium A.D.).
Genesis 49:10 The sceptre (sovereignty) shall not depart from Judah [to Joseph], nor a law-giver from between his feet, UNTIL Shiloh comes [from Joseph-Ephraim v 22-24]; and unto him [shall] the gathering (Union) of the people (of Jack-ob/Israel) [be].
49:22 Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall (colonisation):
49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:
49:24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from THERE [is] The Shepherd, The [Corner] Stone of Israel:)(Daniel 2:34-5; 45)
De fin porphire profond collon trouuee
Dessouz la laze escripts capitolin:
Os poil retors Romain force prouuee,
Classe agiter au port de Methelin.
At last the profound porphyry* column is found (Lia Fail/Stone of Destiny),
Inscriptions of the Capitol (about the Scots) under the base;
Bones, twisted hair, the Roman strength tried,
The fleet is stirred at the port of Mitylene (Greece) (Q. 3,47).
* purplish stone that the real Lia Fail / Stone of Destiny is made from. Porphyry – Kinds of rocks with crystals embedded in . . . [f. Gk. purple] – Oxford Dictionary – 1969. “In appearance the rugged surface of the Stone of Destiny is of a steely dull-purplish colour, varying somewhat, and with some reddish veins. It is composed of calcareous sandstone and imbedded in it are a few pebbles; one of quartz and two others of a dark material (porphyry).” (E. Raymond Capt, “Jacob’s Pillar”, Artisan Sales, 1977, p. 58)
Regarding the Stone, Professor Edward F. Odlum (1850-1935), B.A.; M.A.; B.Sc.; F.R.G.S.; F.A.S.; F.R.C.I., Inst.; F.A.G.S.; a geologist; scientist; educator, and lecturer — University of Victoria College, Cobourg, (now located in the University of Toronto), Ontario, Canada, was “intrigued with the idea that perhaps its source could be found in Palestine, as suggested by the ancient records of Ireland”.
During the year 1921, Professor Odlum requested a tiny bit of the Stone, about the size of a pea, that he might have it analyzed and compared with a stone found by him near Bethel, in the Holy Land. Canon Westlake (Herbert Francis Westlake was a Minor Canon of Westminster 1909 -1925) replied: “Impossible. You would have to get the consent, not only of the king, but of the two houses of Parliament, and of the whole nation.”
British Library ref.: 03126.e.2 – “The Bible Basis of A Perpetual Israel Kingdom Governed by the Royal Line of David” (1924), by Professor Edward Odlum, M.A., B.Sc., F. R. G. S., published by The Covenant Publishing Co., Ltd., 14 Fetter Lane, London, E. C. 4.
Page 4, § “Jacob Next”, paragraph 2:-
‘I was there where God spake to Jacob – “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth.” Notice Esau is not in this. I was there and spent a lot of time studying the place geologically. Where Jacob slept he set up a stone.’
It appears, that; because of what Canon Westlake told him in 1921; Professor Odlum must have decided to ask; instead of for a small sample of the Stone; only for permission just to microscopically examine the Coronation Stone, which would cause absolutely no damage to it, and then, with that knowledge, he must have gone back to Bethel to look for the stratum from which it came.
That is the logical sequence of events, because we know that Professor Odlum eventually did discover a stratum of sandstone at Bethel in Palestine geologically the same as the Coronation Stone, and then, with the confidence of knowing he had found the source of the Stone, asked the Archbishop of Canterbury for a sample of the Coronation Stone, to compare chemically with his new sample from Bethel, that he was now certain would match it.
The Rev. E. J. Springett was a personal friend of Professor E. Odlum and a fellow Canadian. The following is an extract from a verbatim report of an Address delivered in the I.O.O.F. Hall, Hamilton (Ontario), on October 13th, 1938, by the (late) Rev. E. J. Springett, Dominion Commissioner of the British-Israel-World Federation (Canada).
This Address was published as a book titled “The Bible or a University Professor – Which?” by British-Israel World Federation (Canada), 313 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Canada, 1938, 40 pages. I quote from pages 29 to 32:-
“You know what the Stone of Scone is. It is the Stone under the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, upon which every king of Ireland from Eochaid, and every king of Scotland from Fergus I, downward, and every reigning monarch, excepting one, from the days of Edward I of England, downward, have been crowned, and we claim that the Stone of Scone is the stone that Jacob had for his pillow when he fled from home and rested that night at Bethel, and had the dream that you read about in the Book of Genesis (chapter 28).
The Professor says: (Professor Parker, Professor of Theology at McMaster University, Ontario) “Geologists (Professor A. C. Ramsey of the Geology Department of London University, in 1865) certify it to be Scottish sandstone and are themselves inclined to trace it to the Island of Iona,” and therefore, if they are right, it can’t be the Stone of Bethel.
Before I give a personal testimony, let me give this. Professor Totten, who was professor of Science in Yale University, makes this statement regarding the stone: “The analysis of the stone shows that there are absolutely no quarries in Scone or Iona wherefrom a block so constituted could possibly have come, nor yet from Tara.” That is Professor Totten.
Now, Professor Odlum was a geologist and Professor Odlum was tremendously interested in that stone, and somewhere about the year 1926 or 1927 – I am not quite sure of the date, but it was just previous to 1928 – I was with him in London in 1928 – just a year or two before this he, by special permission, was allowed with a British geologist of repute to make a microscopic examination of the stone under the Coronation Chair.
They worked under a tremendously powerful arc-light. They had the finest microscopic instruments it was possible to get. They made a perfect microscopic examination of that stone and they compared what they found with Scotch (sic) granite, granite from Aberdeen, stone from Scone and from Iona, and so on, and they were absolutely satisfied and so wrote and stated, that the stone under the Coronation Chair was NOT the same texture, was NOT red sandstone, and that there was no stone in the British Isles, anywhere, that compared with it.
Professor Odlum, telling me this story himself, sitting in a house on High Street, in Chiswick (in London, England) at one o’clock in the morning one day – we were attending the British-Israel Congress over there – said this: “After having made that microscopic examination of the stone I determined to go to Palestine to see if I could find anything like it. I went to Bethel. I stayed there week after week. I couldn’t find anything like it and I began to think that I should have to give up in despair.
My boat was due to sail from Jaffa on a certain date. Two days before that, before I had to take the train to Jerusalem and the coast, I made up my mind I would have one more walk and one more search.” (These are the Professor’s exact words to me). “I put on my old mackintosh, I stuck my geologist’s hammer in my pocket, and I went out for one last look. It was pouring rain. I walked along the same places I had walked over and over again, looking for stone. Suddenly, while I was walking along a certain pathway, with a rocky cliff on either side, the sun shone on the rain-streaked piece of rock and I noticed a peculiar sort of glitter that I thought I recognized. I climbed up and I found that wet rock, as far as I could see with the magnifying-glass I had was of the identical texture I had been looking for.
He said: “I chipped off a piece from the living rock. I took it back to the hotel and examined it as well as I could. I was sure I had got what I wanted, and I was so jubilant that I cabled England to my geologist friend and said: ‘Will you do all you possibly can to get a piece of the Coronation Stone no bigger than a pea, in order that we may submit it to a chemical test. We have submitted it to a microscopic test, we want to submit it to a chemical test. Will you see what you can do’?”
The geologist friend, with Mr. Herbert Garrison, then alive, made application to the Dean of Westminster Abbey (Herbert Edward Ryle 1911-1925; William Foxley Norris 1925-1937), to be allowed to take a piece, no bigger than a pea from the Coronation Stone.
The Dean said: “I d’aren’t let you have permission. The only way you can get permission would be from the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
Well, they made the application to the Archbishop of Canterbury (Randall Thomas Davidson 1903-1928), and this was the reply of the Archbishop: “To take a piece from that stone no bigger than a pea would require a special Act of Parliament to be passed by the House of Commons, endorsed by the House of Lords, and signed by the king, and if you get that”, said the Archbishop, “I won’t give you permission.”
Now, then, why? They know that there is something special about that stone. I have been told that that stone was the only thing, with the exception of the Communion plate, the golden Communion plate, that is almost of priceless value, that was removed from the Abbey in the years of the Great War (WW1 – 1914-18), and that is the only time the stone has ever been taken out from the wooden chair first put over it. It was taken out and put in a steel chest and encased in an oaken case and put in the lowest vault of the Abbey, so that it should not be hurt if the Abbey happened to be bombed. Why? Because they know what it is.
I went into Westminster Abbey in 1934. I have seen the stone many times before, but I wanted to have another look at it. I went last year when I was over there and every time I go over I am going to see the stone. It is a marvellous thing.
When you follow the guides around Westminster Abbey and look at the stone, they tell you that the kings of Ireland, and the kings of Scotland and the kings of England have been crowned upon it and they tell you that there is a legend about it being Jacob’s stone. The guide won’t say that it is true but he will refer to the legend.
In 1934 I said to the Canon, resident there (Frank Russell Barry 1933-1941; William Hartley Carnegie 1913-1936; Percy Dearmer 1931-1936; Frederick Lewis Donaldson 1924-1951; Vernon Faithful Storr 1921-1940), “What do you think about that stone?” He started to tell me the story that the ordinary fellow tells who takes you around. He said, “Of course you know about the legend?” I said, “Yes.”, and I smiled. He sort of pulled himself up. He said, “Do you know we are absolutely bombarded almost every year with all kinds of samples of Scotch (sic) granite, sent by different people who say that the stone ought to go back to Scotland, that that is where it came from. Of course it didn’t.”
I said, “Where did it come from?” He hesitated a minute. “Well, I don’t know. Some people say it came from Palestine.”
I said, “Well, I think it did, too.” He said, “You must be a British-Israelite.” I said, “Yes, I am.” He said, “Well, I don’t know but there possibly is a great deal in the legend.”
One more thing. Professor Parker (Professor of Theology at McMaster University, Ontario) doesn’t mention this – perhaps he doesn’t know it. At the end of that stone there are two rings, supposedly iron rings. Those iron rings have been microscopically examined, and it has been proved that those rings are of an iron alloy or metal – I don’t know what the proper term is – of a temper that has never been rediscovered in England, that there is no iron or steel tempered today like those rings and those rings are worn thin, . . . Why? Because those rings were used to push poles through in order that that stone might be carried, as it was carried, over the centuries, first in Palestine, then with the migrations of Israel, on the shoulders of men.
The Stone of Scone is the Throne of David. It is the Stone of Jacob and it is the stone and the throne which is going back to Jerusalem before very long, in order that “He may occupy it whose right it is,” and He is none other than our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“The Stone, weighing over 300 pounds (458 lbs.), is rectangular being about 26″ in length; 16″ in width; and, 10.5″ in depth. Across its surface runs a crack and some chisel-marks are still visible on one or two sides. There are two large iron rings (or some rust resistant alloy), one at each end of the Stone which hang loosely from eyes, made of similar metal let into the Stone.” (E. Raymond Capt, “Jacob’s Pillar”, Artisan Sales, 1977, p. 58-59)
One of the most significant facts about the Coronation Stone is that no similar rock formation exists in the British Isles. Professor Totten — Science, Yale University, after making a thorough examination of the Stone made the following statement: “The analysis of The Stone shows that there are absolutely no quarries in Scone or Iona where from a block so constituted could possibly have come, nor yet from Tara. The sandstone in Scotland and Ireland is dissimilar to the Stone.”
The Story of Ireland – 1905 (before 25/12/1950)
re-published in “Destiny” magazine in May 1946
By Professor C. A. L. Totten – Science, Yale University
from Part III, page 166:
The coronation chair is a large, solid old-fashioned chair, at least 600 years of age. In place of castors it is supported by four carved lions facing outwards. About nine inches from the floor there is a shelf or bottom board, and between it and the chair’s seat, sitting on it as on a shelf, is the coronation stone. In its present shape it is an oblong block of stone some 26-27 inches long, 16-17 inches broad, and 10-11 inches deep, and is of a bluish-steel color, mixed with veins of red.
At each end there is a large iron ring, much worn and rusted. They have the appearance of being intended for handles to assist in transporting. The stone is old and looks ready to crack into pieces. It has rested in its present place for 610 years. (1296-1906. Original date of publication.) In the treaty of Northampton, made subsequent to the conquest of Scotland (1328), it was decided that England should return to the Scots what they had stolen (Edward 1st). But did they do it? No. For while they gave up the records and royal regalia, they utterly refused to yield up the old ragged stone. At the same time the Scots would have preferred to have lost all else and saved it.
Mr. Lowerley, geologist, gives the characteristics of The Stone as follows:
“A sandy granular stone; a sort of sienite, chiefly of quartz; with light debris of sienite, chiefly of quartz, with light and reddish brown felspar, and also light and dark mica, with probably some dark green hornblende intermixed; some fragments of a reddish grey clay slate, or shist, are likewise included in its composition.” (Please read again the Oxford Dictionary definition of Porphyry above and compare it with this description. – JAH).
Futile attempts have been made to trace the origin of the stone to Scottish quarries and to those of Ireland.
The stone on display in Edinburgh Castle since 1996; upon which Elizabeth 2 was crowned in 1953; is of a different colour; made not from porphyry/quartz weighing 458 lbs. but from “pinkish-buff” Perthshire sandstone, weighing only 336 lbs. according to Historic Scotland’s official “The Stone of Destiny – Symbol of Nationhood” booklet sold at Edinburgh Castle; it has no pole wear-mark between the metal carrying rings like the pre-1950 original has; no Latin distich engraved upon it and therefore is obviously a fake.
Au quart pillier l’on sacre Saturne.
Par tremblant terre & deluge fendu
Soubz l’edifice Saturnin trouvee urne,
D’or Capion ravi & puis rendu.
At the FOURTH dedication of the Pillar (Lia Fail) to Saturn (the Protector of Israel – God*)
split by earthquake and by flood;
Under Saturn’s (the Protector of Israel’s) building an Urn is found
Gold carried off by Caepio and then restored.
*Ezekiel 21:27 I will overturn (1st – Jerusalem to Tara), overturn (2nd – Tara to Scotland), overturn (3rd – Scotland to England), it (the Throne/Stone of Destiny: and it shall be no [more], [overturned] UNTIL (the FOURTH overturn) he come whose Right it is; and I (God) will give it [him – Shiloh/Christ (Gen. 49 v 10)].
Montera haut sur le bien plus dextre,
Demourera assis sur la pierre quarree,
Vers le midy pos sa senestre,
Baston tortu en main bouche serree.
He (Christ) will rise high over the estate more dextrous,
He will remain seated on the square stone (of Destiny),
Towards the South facing to his left (towards Jerusalem),
The crooked staff (of Aaron) in his hand his mouth sealed.
To be completed after I find the Stone for Christ . . . . .
according to Nostradamus Quatrain 10,72 above.
So if ever ye come on a Stane wi’ a ring
Just sit yersel’ doon and proclaim yersel’ King.
For there’s nane wid be able tae challenge yer claim
That ye’d crowned yersel’ King on the Destiny Stane.
This poem by Johnny McEvoy states the only way to prove who is the Rightful Sovereign of the British peoples and also which is the real Stone, because the real Stone of Destiny, according to legend, has a very special and unique quality. Whenever there is a dispute about who is the Rightful Sovereign of His people, God makes the Stone scream when the Rightful Sovereign touches the real Stone of Destiny. This scream can be heard from coast to coast, so that everyone hears it and there can no longer be any doubt or dispute.
Ian Hamilton; Kay Matheson and friends should now bring out the real Stone of Destiny and facilitate a contest between Elizabeth 2 and Christ, the King of kings, the Rightful Sovereign whom Elizabeth swore to kneel and serve when she was crowned in 1953, but then, in an enormous act of treachery and treason against God, refused to do so and had Christ’s High Court Writ demanding the Throne rejected, under her illegal laws, in 1988. Ian Hamilton and friends will then; instead of being prosecuted by Elizabeth 2; be given a “Royal Pardon” by Christ and be thanked for physically helping him to remove The Stone from Elizabeth 2 and keeping it safely out of her grasp.
The returning of the Lia Fail to Ireland by Ian Hamilton would unite the Scots and Irish and bring peace to the province of Ulster, as Hamilton himself desires. It would do this because it would reveal their common heritage and stock: both being from the same Scottish and Pictish (Cruithne) ancestors and descended; like their racial cousins the Irish Danites; from the Ten “lost” Tribes of Israel, having been wrongfully divided by the influence of outside forces, both English and Roman for their own political gain.
“One final note: In the Scottish National Library there is a Gaelic manuscript (by Dugald the Scot, son of McPhail, in A.D. 1467) containing the complete genealogies of the Scottish kings, showing their descent through the Irish kings by way of Judah, Jacob-Israel and Isaac back to Abraham.
In Windsor Castle there is also a genealogical table showing the descent of the British kings from David through the Irish and Scottish lines. Thus the Monarchy existed long before there was a British Nation.” Capt (p. 55)
Update – Scottish Sunday Mail article 29th June 2008:-
Exclusive: Our dad faked Stone of Destiny, claim family of stonemason who repaired relic
THE children of a stonemason who repaired the Stone of Destiny have broken their silence to reveal they are convinced it IS a fake.
Bertie Gray mended the stone in 1950 after it was accidentally broken in two as it was liberated from Westminster Abbey by four students.
But his son Gordon and daughter Morag claim he made two elaborate replicas of the stone.
He broke both and fixed each of them with three bolts so it would be impossible to tell them from the original.
Gordon and Morag believe he switched the ancient stone for one of his fakes.
They say Bertie handed over the counterfeit to the students, who left it for police to find at Arbroath Abbey.
His children believe that is the stone which now lies in Edinburgh Castle.
Retired quantity surveyor Gordon Gray and his sister Morag Tait, 79, say their dad took the secret of the real stone’s whereabouts to his grave.
They spoke out after seeing the premiere of Stone Of Destiny, the £6million movie about the raid starring Robert Carlyle and Billy Boyd.
Gordon, 77, said: “I suspect he hung on to the real stone and gave back a fake. My dad liked to fool people like that.
“He was planning to wait for the hue and cry to calm down then produce the real stone but he never did and when he died in 1975, the secret died with him.”
On Christmas Day in 1950, Scottish students Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon, Alan Stuart and Kay Matheson reclaimed the stone from Westminster Abbey then smuggled it back to Scotland.
A police probe in 1972 concluded that the stone left in Arbroath was genuine but that verdict was based on X-rays which showed it had been broken and repaired with three bolts.
What they did not know was that Bertie had made two copies of the stone.
Gordon and Morag’s revelation follows claims by First Minister Alex Salmond that the stone taken from Westminster was itself a fake.
The Stone of Destiny was used to crown Scottish kings at Scone before being stolen and taken to London by Edward I in 1296.
But Salmond believes the real stone was hidden by monks who fobbed off the English king with a counterfeit.
Gordon, of Garelochhead, Dunbartonshire, said: “We had to go and see the film to see what they had said about dad – and he did get a mention which was great.
“It brought back lots of great memories though we’re still not sure exactly what our father was up to half of the time.”
The family say Bertie was involved in a 1920s plot to repatriate the stone.
The plan was abandoned but he held on to a replica he had made to practise lifting and hiding it.
Gordon said: “He built a special wheelchair with a friend of his, with space at the bottom to conceal the stone.
“They practised with it in Glasgow beforehand, using a replica of the stone that dad had made. There was at least one replica in his yard in Sauchiehall Street.”
When the students brought the stone back to Scotland they gave it to fellow nationalist Bertie to repair. Gordon said: “He was a character and it would amuse him to bamboozle people.”
Morag has inherited a pendant which her dad set with a chip of sandstone he said came from the genuine stone.
She said: “He would gather up little bits of gravel and put them in his pocket.
“He’d give them to people saying they were from the Stone. But as far as we know, the piece in my necklace is real.”
The Stone, restored to Westminster after the raid in 1950, was finally returned to Scotland in 1996. Scots author Dr Edward Chisnall, 65, backed up the family’s claims.
He said Bertie’s nephew Sandy Black had told him two fakes had been stored under his dining room table in Glasgow.
But he could not pinpoint the resting place of the genuine stone.
He said: “Even if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. But it’s maybe somewhere not too far from where it should always have been.
“It’s nice, the idea of things coming home, isn’t it.”
‘I suspect dad kept the real stone and gave back a fake. He liked to fool people’
Update July 2016
Jimmy Higgins worked for John Rollo at his factory in Bonnybridge, from the age of 17, and he helped handle and hide the Coronation Stone under John Rollo’s office floor. He was very close to John Rollo and took care of John in his later years. Jimmy confirmed for me, in July 2016, that the Stone in Edinburgh Castle, upon which Elizabeth was crowned, is not the real Stone of Destiny/Coronation Stone, that he personally had handled and was kept at the Rollo factory in Bonnybridge. He identified the real Stone, and distinguished it from the fake stone that is in Edinburgh Castle, that Elizabeth was crowned upon, when I showed him pictures of both stones, in July 2016.
Jimmy also told me a funny anecdote that, when they were taking the Stone to Bearsden to be repaired, in a trailer being towed behind a Jowett Javelin, they stopped at Haugh’s Garage in Denny, and a local policeman came to talk to them and stood with his hand upon the wing of the car, whilst the Stone was behind it in the trailer, and he never saw it. He said what a close-call it was, that the policeman was so close to it, but never saw it and they got away with it.