839 - the Vikings defeated the Picts in
northern Scotland as they tried to take control
of the country.
848 - Kenneth Mac Alpin defeated the
remaining Picts to become the King of Scots. He
then set about trying to unite all the Scottish
Kingdoms under one King.
The Scots and Vikings fought a series of
Battles over the following centuries in a bid
to control Scotland.
1114 - King Alexander I re-established an
Augustinian Priory at Scone.
1163 - Scone Priory was raised to the status
of an Abbey.
1263 - the Battle of Largs in southwest
Scotland sees the Scots of Alexander III defeat
the Vikings, starting the withdrawal of the
Vikings from the Scottish Mainland and
1296 - the Stone of Scone is taken by the
forces of King Edward I of England during the
Scottish Wars of Independence. It was then
placed in Westminster Abbey in London for Kings
and Queens to be Crowned on it there.
1306 - Robert the Bruce is Crowned King of
Scots at Scone, with him regaining independence
for Scotland in 1328.
1400s - Ruthven Castle is built on the
northwest side of Perth for the Ruthven's.
1559 - Scone Abbey was damaged during the
Scottish Reformation by a Protestant mob from
The Abbey was repaired soon after.
1580 - the Ruthven's of Ruthven Castle
gained control of Scone and rebuilt the Abbot's
Palace at the Abbey to serve as their grand
1584 - King James VI charged the Ruthven's
with treason for trying to overthrow him. James
VI then took control of their Land and
Buildings. Ruthven Castle was re-named Huntingtower Castle around that time.
A number of Ruthven's were executed.
The King gifted the lands of Scone and
Huntingtower to his loyal supporters the
Murray's, who later became the Earls of
1716 - during the first Jacobite uprising, James Francis
Edward Stuart, The Old Pretender, visited Scone
to be Crowned King of Scotland. He fled without
being Crowned after hearing Government Troops
were in the area.
1740s - the Murray's began landscaping Scone
Estate with Plants and Trees brought to
Scotland by early explorers, including the US
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Young
Pretender, visited Scone during the last
1803 - 3rd Earl of Mansfield had Scone
Palace built in place of the Abbot's Palace and
1820s - the first Douglas Firs are planted
at Scone, they are still there today at around
200 feet high.
1908 - Perth Racecourse opens on the Grounds
of Scone Estate. You can view the Racecourse
from the Kids Play area.
Horse Racing began at North Inch park in
Perth in 1613, but had to be moved 2 miles to
Scone after a Drinking Law Ban at North
1950 - Christmas Day - four Scottish
Students from the University of Glasgow stole
the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey,
taking it to Arbroath Abbey in Scotland.
1952 - the Stone of Destiny was returned to
1953 - the Stone of Destiny wa used for the
coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
1966 - Lady Mansfield opened Scone Palace to
the public as a Tourist Attraction.
1996 - the Stone of Destiny was returned to
Scotland, now on show at Edinburgh Castle. The
Stone at Scone Palace is a Replica.
Today - the Mansfield's use Scone Palace as
the Family Home with much of the Palace and
Grounds open to the public as a Tourist
Attraction from March to October.
2024 - the Stone of Scone is expected to be
moved a Museum at the
City Hall in Perth.