December 25, 1950

On This Date in! in 1950, four Scottish nationalists liberated the Stone of Scone from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey and returned it to Scotland. When the English were asked how they could allow such a thing to happen, they replied, “It’s a bloody 500 lb stone? It’s not like you could just pick it up and put it in your pocket, right? It took four drunken Scotsmen to carry it off.”

 For three months Scotland Yard and the London police searched for the missing relic to no avail. The perpetrators/liberators took the Stone to the Church of Scotland and left it at the altar of the Arbroath Abbey on April 11, 1951, thinking the church wouldn’t inform the police. Unfortunately for the Scottish nationalists, the Church of Scotland wasn’t playing that game and immediately called the London police to come and get it. When the Scots complained to the Church priests, they got whacked across the knuckles with a stiff birch rod and were told that the English monarchy had been in possession of the Stone for over 750 years and to “Get Over It.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to December 25, 1950

  1. Some Scotsmen from Hull says:

    It would’ve taken SIX of us, if we’d been sober.

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