Historic alabaster monument at Scone Palace restored to its original splendour


30 July 2019
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Specialist work to restore an intricate alabaster monument in Scone Palace's gothic chapel has been completed, the first time the monument has undergone restoration work since 1921.
Historic alabaster monument at Scone Palace restored to its original splendour Images

Specialist work to restore an intricate alabaster monument in Scone Palace's gothic chapel has been completed, the first time the monument has undergone restoration work since 1921.

The work inside the small Presbyterian chapel, which looks upon the famous replica Stone of Scone on Moot Hill, has been completed by a specialist mason after a report by a conservation architect identified a number of areas requiring restorative work on the monument.

The Italian alabaster monument depicts David Murray, 1st Viscount Stormont, kneeling in prayer between the figures of the Marquis of Tullibardine and the Earl Marischal, whom he brought together in friendship after a long feud.

 Created by Maximilian Colt, a celebrated sculptor who became King James VI's master carver in 1618, today's renovation work has included a range of extensive cleaning and repair work to maintain the precious monument.

What did the work involve?

The work was carried out by Ian Russell from G Brown Stone Mason Ltd, who intricately cleaned the monument using a ¼ inch paintbrush and specialist dust extractors. Corroded dowels have been replaced where possible, broken off elements re-attached and missing elements have been 'sympathetically re-created'.

 The sword on the 1st Viscount Stormont has been fixed and strengthened and shield was restored by Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in Edinburgh and re-attached.

 The project was overseen by Scone Palace's estate surveyor, Guy Hopson, who said: "The alabaster monument inside our little chapel is a stunning work of art to admire and we are delighted to have been able to restore it to its original glory. The specialist work by Ian Russell from G Brown Stone Mason has been carried out with great care and finesse. We hope visitors will continue to enjoy viewing the monument and the story of Scone Palace's 1st Viscount, David Murray."

This Sunday (4 August 2019), Scone Palace is hosting a Robert the Bruce History and Heritage Event, where historical re-enactment group, the Strathleven Artizans will lead a day of fun activities to celebrate the famous King who was crowned at Scone Palace in 1306.

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