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Stone of Destiny: A Passenger's Guide [Kindle Edition]

Ian R. Hamilton , Ian R. Hamilton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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This title is now a major Hollywood film starring Robert Carlyle and Billy Boyd. Ian Robertson Hamilton was an unknown law student at Glasgow University until Christmas Eve 1950. On that night, assisted by Alan Stewart, Gavin Vernon and Kay Matheson, he took the Stone of Destiny from beneath the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey and in doing so became a Scottish national hero. In England, however, the act had the opposite effect and a manhunt for the 'vulgar vandals' was started to satisfy the outrage of the English establishment and bring them to justice. In the end, the Stone was given up, but the gang were not charged. This solitary act set Hamilton on a path for the rest of his life from which he has not diverged. Although, it is now nearly sixty years since that fateful night, it is the actual events surrounding the taking of the Stone which hold people spellbound when Hamilton recounts them.In this book, Ian Hamilton has set down the chain of events which led to his decision to go to London, remove the Stone and a minute-by-minute account of the act and the aftermath. But this is not simply a retelling of a stunt that made nationwide news, it is a book about how a nation's conscience was stirred by a symbolic act that changed lives of many.

About the Author

Ian R Hamilton, best known for his part in the repatriation of the Stone of Destiny, was one of Scotland's most prominent lawyers, famously refusing to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II arguing that she could only be referred to as Queen Elizabeth in Scotland. Born in Paisley in 1925, the son of a tailor, he studied law at Glasgow University where he first became politically active. He was a member of Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association and the Scottish Covenant Association, going on to stand as a Scottish Nationalist Party candidate and serve as Rector of Aberdeen University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn; New Ed. / edition (23 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2DWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 3 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a great story - and true one - of four Glasgow university students who liberated the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950. The author was one of those students and he wrote the book shortly afterwards, but this edition includes his more recent thoughts about that time.

It's a cracking adventure story that's told with humour and a real passion for the Scotland he so clearly loves. I simply couldn't put it down. In the update he wrote for the book in 2007, Ian Hamilton accuses himself of arrogance in some of his earlier writing, but I didn't see that.

If you're a Scot and haven't read this story, buy it. If you're not, buy it anyway. It's the closest you'll ever come to understanding what the Stone - and Scotland - mean to the Scots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An undervalued Scottish hero 8 Dec 2012
By David
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I was a schoolboy in Glasgow when the Stone of Destiny was liberated from England and I still remember the pride and joy I felt when the thrilling news was announced. Ian Hamilton has written a factual and detailed account of the event in a deeply and obviously heartfelt way. His trepidation and fears at what he and his friends were planning alongside the elation they felt when the Stone was safely back on Scottish soil are all clearly described as well as the minutiae of the actual retrieving of the Stone provide a very human narrative. Yet Ian Hamilton's book is also an inspiration, demonstrating what a small group of intelligent, dedicated people can achieve for their country, if they have the will. Today the Stone of Destiny sits alongside the Scottish Crown Jewels in Edinburgh Castle. Ian Hamilton, in writing this book, was not trying to rival Walter Scott or R.L Stevenson,t, nevertheless he has written a really good yarn as well as a history book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Read 18 July 2013
By AP
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My parents weren't even born, far less myself, when the recovery of the Stone of Destiny took place but I had been aware of the bare bones of the story if not the full ins and outs.

By quirk of fate I happened to be on the lookout for a title about Scottish history and around that time read of the passing of Kay Matheson, one of the group involved in the Stone's recovery, and was drawn to Ian Hamilton's book.

I have to say I found it a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing read. Certainly for a Scot its an inspiring tale and passion for their country that drove Hamilton and his group to undertake such a mission will resonate with many with the Independence Referendum looming in 2014.

Regardless of your political persuasions however it remains a fantastic tale, full of adventure, excitement, risk and reward.

Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of adventure 23 Sep 2013
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This entertaining and moving tale cannot fail to stir the heart of any Scot. It includes an interesting opening article by Alex Salmond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stone of Destiny 23 Sep 2013
By Shirley
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I recall this event being reported in the news of the day as a stunt but on reading the background and whole story I now know that it was an amazing milestone in Scottish history.
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