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On Christmas Eve 1950 Ian Hamilton and three friends broke into Westminster abbey. Their target was the Stone of Destiny the throne of Scottish Kings for centuries and taken by Edward Longshanks to be used in English monarchs' coronations in 1296. Now over 650 years later Hamilton and the others planned to take it home to Scotland. Heralded as national heroes by some vandals and criminals by others the 'theft' sparked a nation-wide police hunt that lasted months and caused uproar amongst the highest levels of the English establishment. Over 50 years later Hamilton's story of what happened that night is as gripping as any thriller.

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He writes with a passionate love of his country'--Herald

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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.

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