Tobar an Dualchais - Kist O Riches

The voices of the past ... brought to life through the latest technology - The speik o a bygane age ... gien new virr wi fantoosh technology
This website contains over 34,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards.
The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.


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The anonymous engraving of the Stone of Destiny in the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey was published in 'A History of England' (1855). In the public domain.

On this month in 1996 the Stone of Destiny was returned to Scotland by the British Government and installed in Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day.

The Stone of Destiny had been used for centuries in the coronation of monarchs of Scotland. In 1296 it was removed by Edward I of England as part of the spoils of war and taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a chair subsequently used for the coronation of English sovereigns.

The Stone of Destiny had previously been removed from Westminster by a group of Scottish students on Christmas Day 1950. A major search for the stone was instigated but proved unsuccessful. The stone was left at Arbroath Abbey on 11 April 1951 and was later returned to Westminster. John McEvoy wrote the humorous song 'Wee Magic Stane' shortly after the removal of the stone and sang it at a ceilidh at which many recently composed songs about the affair were sung.

Listen to John McEvoy sing 'Wee Magic Stane'.

Browse all recordings of John McEvoy.

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Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright were Tobar an Dualchais' Artists in Residence in 2012


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