A little bit about Scone History

Scone or Skun is a village or a suburb of Perth and Kinross and is located in the centre of Scotland. Scone is also found in the historical province of Gowrie, an alluvial lowland famous for its fruits. The medieval Scone was located west of the New Scone village and was the Coronation site for all the Scottish kings as well as the repository for the Coronation Stone.

The Coronation Stone was kept at the Abbey of Scone, but now it is just ruins. In 1292, John Balliol became the last king to use the Stone of Destiny in Scotland as it was captured by Edward I of England in 1296 and taken to Westminster Abbey in London. It remained under the Coronation chair, on which English and subsequently British sovereigns sit during their coronation, for the next 700 years. The last time it was used was at the Coronation of HM The Queen in 1953. Since the 30 November 1996, the Stone of Destiny was moved from London to Edinburgh Castle.

The new village of Scone dates back to 1885 when the Scone Old Church was built, the first building in the historical town. Notably, the Old Church was first built in Old Scone and was removed stone by stone to its new site. The town of New Scone is simply called Scone by the locals, containing a small population of about 4000.  nearby is Scone aerodrome which was opened in 1936 as a flight training school, training military pilots, was established by Airwork ltd shortly after the airport was opened. Before the war a number of scheduled airline services operated from Perth to various domestic locations. During the war 309 and 666 squadrons from the Royal Air Force used the aerodrome. Now called  Perth Airport, Scone aerodrome  remains Scotland’s main airport for general aviation training providing, private and commercial fixed and rotary winged flight training, as well as micro light and autogyro training. Also on site is an aircraft maintenance company AST, which is now part of Perth College UHI, offering  aeronautical engineering courses and since 2011 Airline Pilot training.  From May 2013 Scone Aerodrome became the base of Scotland’s first Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)l supplementing the work of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

David Douglas ( father of Robert Douglas)  founded the Scone Jam Factory  where they devised a means of extracting from fruit, mainly apples, a setting agent called fruit pectin which was used by preserve manufacturers. They later commercialised the product under the name of Certo for the use of the housewife which proved to be highly successful.