April 13: The Stone of Scone
In Celtic mythology, the Lia Fail was a magical stone brought to Ireland by the Tuatha de Danaan. When the rightful King of Ireland put his feet on it, the stone was said to roar in joy. This is believed to be the origin of the Stone of Destiny.
Traditionally, it is supposed to be the stone which Jacob used as a pillow. It was originally supposed to have been used as the Coronation Stone of the early Dalriada Scots when they lived in Ireland. When they invaded Caledonia, it is said to have been taken with them for that use. Certainly, since the time of Kenneth MacAlpin (Kenneth I; d. 858) at around 847, Scottish kings were seated upon the stone during their coronation ceremony. At this time the stone was situated at Scone, a few miles north of Perth.
From 1603, when James VI of Scotland became King of England, until the present day, the expropriated Scottish symbol has been used in the Westminster coronation of every single British monarch, and a few married ones. Many Scottish nationalists traditionally longed for the famous stone to be returned to its true home.