Scone - 'The Prospect of the House and Town of Skuyn'

Scone – or Skuyn – nestles among trees in this wide-sweeping Perthshire view. Before the Reformation in 1560, Scotland's kings were crowned on the Moot Hill at Scone, and stayed in the palace for their coronations. The hill is on the right of the abbey gatehouse. In the 1550s the abbey was seriously damaged. On the right of the prospect is a detailed view of a long row of farm dwellings.

The old town of Scone was largely removed by the early 18th century with the expansion of the palace grounds.

Image from Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer, 1693.

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  Read what Robert Sibbald wrote in Theatrum Scotiae about Scone


To the Right Honourable the Viscount of Stormont.


Scoon is a Town in the Sheriffdom of Perth, famous in former Ages for the Abbey which was founded by King David I. for the Monks of the Order of St. Augustine. It is situated on the North Bank of Tay, and is thought to be the Center of the Kingdom.

Here is a Church, famous for the usual Coronation of the Kings of Scotland; in which is the Tomb of Dav. Murray, who was the first of the Family of Bavaird, and was made Knight Baronet by King James VI. who also erected Stately Buildings here, which are possessed by his Heirs, under the Title of the Viscounts of Stormont.

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