For sale! Stone of Destiny

The 'Stone of Destiny' which was pictured in 2008 after being 'found' in a secret cave in the cliffs to the north of the town by an Arbroath man who declined to reveal his identity. Fresh chisel marks were visible on the sandstone block.
The 'Stone of Destiny' which was pictured in 2008 after being 'found' in a secret cave in the cliffs to the north of the town by an Arbroath man who declined to reveal his identity. Fresh chisel marks were visible on the sandstone block.

An Arbroath man who claimed he had found the Stone of Destiny in a secret cave at the cliffs five years ago has now put it up for sale.

The anonymous seller is believed to be an electrician who works in Arbroath for a Montrose company.

He originally said at the time that he believed it was the real thing but the general consensus because of the fresh chisel marks is that he made it himself.

The country believes that the real Stone of Destiny is now resident in Edinburgh Castle, but the local man says he is not so sure.

However, his version has had pride of place in his garden for the last five years and now he has decided to sell it to raise cash to refurbish his house.

He commented on Tuesday: “The financial climate in the country at the moment is not good. I am in full-time work but I am struggling to make ends meet.

“I need to sell stuff so that I can get the work done and the stone has been sitting in my garden for the last five years.”

He has advertised it on the Internet site ‘Gumtree’ with a price tag of £1,000 and a promise to deliver “Anywhere in Angus”.

He went on: “I still think it is the original and it is underpriced, so I may go on the site tonight and increase it.”

He told us when the original story was published that he had read a book belonging to his mother about Scotland, and monks and their caves.

He decided to go to the cliffs and have a look. He found a tunnel under a steel plate leading to a cave. The plate was loose so he lifted it up and that was where he found the ‘Stone of Destiny’, wrapped in a sheet.

Our informant added that there is access from the cliff top, but it is very dangerous.

He went on: “We went down to the foreshore by a safe route when the tide was out and walked round to approach it from below. I am sure climbers will have gone over it, but it is so well hidden that they just have no idea it is there.”

The only advice that can be offered to a potential purchaser is ‘caveat emptor’, let the buyer beware!