Sunday, 15 February 2009
Set in Stone
Here are couple of stories from this week which tie in well with the current flow, the significance of which allude me as yet but, never-the-less, require noting:
I don't normally bother too much about J.K. Rowling, now a French Knight of the Legion of Honour, and her pottering, but we saw, this week, that she was given the "prestigious" Edinburgh Award for her role in raising the city's profile, a title she inherited from top freemason, crime writer Ian Rankin.
As such the outline of her hands have now been engraved into a slab of Caithness stone which will be sited in the grounds of the City Chambers, along with other past winners.
Meanwhile, the famous Glenfinnan stone on which Jacobite leader Bonnie Prince Charlie sat his staff and standard to mark the beginning of a Stuart rebellion, and rally his troops to march to Edinburgh, has been returned to the Highlands. The stone had been missing for 20 years after being re-discovered in 1988 when a moorland fire revealed it's existence. From the Herald we glean more:
There had long been doubts as to the true site of where the banner was raised.
In 1988, however, the surface of a large horizontal rock, hidden by moss and peat on the summit of a rocky knoll a quarter of a mile away from the Glenfinnan Monument, was revealed after a moorland fire. Its Latin inscription read: "1745. In the name of the Lord the standards of Charles Edward Stuart, triumphaning at last, were set up."
Along with the inscription were four incised footprints and an arrow pointing to a hollow where the stone was found.
Additionally, it is worth stating that the Glenfinnan viaduct and heritage Jacobite steam train were utilised in the filming of the second Harry Potter film, the Chamber of Secrets, the train itself being transformed into the Hogwarts Express for the production.