Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun English Language School in Scotland! Today, we learn English with Scottish history as today is Scotland’s national day: Saint Andrews Day!
To celebrate I’ll be sharing images from a recent visit to Scone Palace Perthshire, as well as telling you a bit about the legendary Stone of Destiny.
But first, an introduction to why Saint Andrew is our patron saint.
“Having Saint Andrew as Scotland’s patron saint gave the country several advantages: because he was the brother of Saint Peter, founder of the Church, the Scots were able to appeal to the Pope in 1320 (The Declaration of Arbroath) for protection against the attempts of English kings to conquer the Scots.”
We’re introducing you to Scone Palace as it’s the site of Scottish coronations and long-time home to one particular stone, said to hold the right for a true monarch to reign over Scotland.
The town of Scone is the ancient crowning-place of Scottish Kings and its abbey was home to the Stone of Destiny, – before the stone’s theft in the 13th century.
About Scotland’s Stone of Destiny & the Scottish Independence Movement.
Is this all true?
A visit around the grounds of Scone Palace…
Learn English and Scottish History with a visit to Scone Palace.
And Happy Saint Andrew’s Day to the world!
Did you know this feast day is also celebrated as a national holiday in Romania (hello Romania!) and that Saint Andrew is also the Patron Saint of Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, San Andres Island (Columbia) and Tenerife. Enjoy your celebrations!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our visit to a remarkable historical place in our local region – and have learned a bit of English with Scottish history. We love Scone Palace: it’s why we feature it on our English language immersion programme.
We cover a broad range of topics in our language school blogs – some a lighthearted look at Scotland, others an in-depth look at art and culture. There’s something for everyone.
If you’ve liked this Scottish history blog, you might want to read another :
Blue Noun English Language Challenge
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Tell us about an object invested with cultural meaning.
In a way that is the definition of most art objects!
Pick something which was not made as an artwork (in a contemporary sense); but which is important to your culture (or nation) for its cultural, political or religious symbolism.
Tell us about it in the comments below. Write as much as you like, and if you would like us to check & correct your English, write CP (correct please) at the end.
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