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Where Kings and Queens Kept State page 2


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Scone Palace, which figures much earlier in Scottish history, and which stood on the bank of the Tay near Perth, has disappeared entirely: a modern castle stands there in its place. Gone, too, is the Abbey of Scone, from which the Coronation Stone of the kings of Scotland was carried off to Westminster by Edward I in 1296.

There is a desire among some Scots to get it back. This has been voiced in the House of Commons, and certain English members were inclined to favour it. "For," they said, "the old prophecy that wherever the Stone rests Scots should govern has been fulfilled. If we let the Stone go, perhaps we might be allowed to govern our country ourselves."

" The time when there was no Stirling Castle is not known in Scottish history." The reason is plain enough. The castle had a magnificent military situation; it was literally a stronghold and the key to the Highlands. For defence it was well-nigh impregnable. It commanded the principal roads north and south. Attacks could be delivered from it with the utmost advantage.

Having for this reason survived from the earliest periods of Scottish monarchy, it remained a favourite royal residence even in comparatively peaceful ages. Here one king killed a troublesome noble, Douglas by name. Here another played the Haroun-al-Raschid, slipping out at night to hear what his subjects were saying about him. And here James VI (and I) spent his boyhood.

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MAGNIFICENT GREAT HALL OF ELTHAM PALACE
MAGNIFICENT GREAT HALL OF ELTHAM PALACE >>>>
HENRY VII'S RICHMOND PALACE
HENRY VII'S RICHMOND PALACE >>>>
HAMPTON COURT PALACE: THE EAST FRONT AND THE LION GATES
HAMPTON COURT PALACE: THE EAST FRONT AND THE LION GATES >>>>
WOLSEY'S WEST FRONT TO HAMPTON COURT AND THE TROPHY GATES
WOLSEY'S WEST FRONT TO HAMPTON COURT AND THE TROPHY GATES >>>>
HENRY VIII'S 'NEWE WYNE SELLER' AND THE GREAT KITCHEN
HENRY VIII'S 'NEWE WYNE SELLER' AND THE GREAT KITCHEN >>>>
IN THE MASTER CARPENTER'S
IN THE MASTER CARPENTER'S >>>>
IN THE STATE BEDROOM OF KING WILLIAM III AT HAMPTON COURT
IN THE STATE BEDROOM OF KING WILLIAM III AT HAMPTON COURT >>>>
THE GREAT HALL OF HAMPTON COURT, BUILT BY HENRY VIII
THE GREAT HALL OF HAMPTON COURT, BUILT BY HENRY VIII >>>>
KENSINGTON PALACE, TRANSFORMED FROM A PRIVATE HOUSE FOR WILLIAM III
KENSINGTON PALACE, TRANSFORMED FROM A PRIVATE HOUSE FOR WILLIAM III >>>>
GREAT HALL OF ELTHAM AND SCONE OF THE SCOTTISH KINGS
GREAT HALL OF ELTHAM AND SCONE OF THE SCOTTISH KINGS >>>>
HOLYROOD'S GREY WALLS AND THE NOBLE REMAINS OF ROYAL LINLITHGOW, RUINED IN THE '45
HOLYROOD'S GREY WALLS AND THE NOBLE REMAINS OF ROYAL LINLITHGOW, RUINED IN THE '45 >>>>
BEDROOM OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, AT HOLYROOD
BEDROOM OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, AT HOLYROOD >>>>

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