Robert the Bruce’s throne arrives at Scone Palace

Scone Palace, the crowning place of the king of Scots. Credit: Scone Palace

A replica of King Robert the Bruce’s Great Throne returns to Scone Palace where the first king of Scotland was crowned.

Scone Palace, the crowning place of the king of Scots. Credit: Scone Palace
Scone Palace, the crowning place of the king of Scots. Credit: Scone Palace

King Robert the Bruce, the first king of Scotland and one of the country’s best known monarchs, crowned himself at Scone Palace – a symbolic act as Edward I, king of England, had removed the Stone of Scone to form part of the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey.

Tomorrow, September 12, a replica of the Great Throne of this great king will be delivered to Scone Palace in full period costume by the Strathleven Artizans.

Created to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Bruce defeated a much larger English army under Edward II, the throne was created last year and will arrive at the famous crowning place of the kings of Scots at 11am on September 12.

The Great Throne was constructed using timber from across Scotland, including pieces from Scone Palace, Turnberry where Bruce was born and the battlefield at Bannockburn. Wood will also feature from one of the largest and oldest trees in Scotland, the Bruce Oak from Strathleven Estate, which fell following a fire in 2005. This tree would have been a sapling when the king himself owned the estate seven centuries ago.

Since the Bruce Oak fell, the project has been ten years in the making with the throne exhibited internationally since its completion, visiting Teba in Spain earlier this year with plans for it to travel to Pennsylvania, US, after its stay with Scone Palace.

The throne is based on studies of Bruce’s seal of 1316 where he is sitting on a throne featuring clawed feet and four mythological creatures on the arm rests, facing north, south east and west to protect the king from every direction.

The Strathleven Artiszans, who aim to promote historical links to King Robert the Bruce and Kind David II, plan to use the throne as an educational tool to bring history to life.

Robert the Bruce’s throne will be on display at Scone Palace until 31 October before it embarks on another adventure with the Strathleven Artizans.

• To find out more about Scone Palace, visit scone-palace.co.uk

• For further information about the work of the Strathleven Artizans visit strathlevenartizans.com

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