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Perth-bound Stone of Destiny raider passes away at the age of 97

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The last remaining member of a group of students famed for their dauntless raid to reclaim the Stone of Destiny and bring it back to Scotland died at the age of 97 this week.Renowned KC and defence lawyer Ian Hamilton passed away peacefully on Monday evening in North Connel, Argyll, with his wife Jeannette and family at his side.Ian was one of four students who stole the ancient Stone of Scone from under the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950.Hamilton, born in Paisley in 1925, was a law student at Glasgow University when he took part in the daring break-in.Ian later became a QC (Queen’s Counsel, now King’s Counsel) and remained politically active throughout his life, joining Labour before running for the SNP in the 1994 and 1999 elections.He was the last surviving member of the group, with fellow independence activists Gavin Vernon dying in 2004, teacher and political activist Kay Matheson in 2013, and Alan Stuart in 2019.An extract from his book ‘Stone of Destiny: The True Story’ read: “I have had many other adventures since.

Yet this was the first and most important one.“It set the tone for my whole life.“It taught me that non-conformity in thought and deed is the only vital life.“The individual is more important than the mass.

Any single person can change history.”His son Stewart Hamilton said that his father had “lived a good life”, and that his family were “very proud of him” that he had “touched so many people”.In tribute, Perthshire North MSP and deputy first minister John Swinney said: “I am terribly sorry to hear of the death of Ian Hamilton KC.“Ian had a life of towering achievements.“His courage and creativity in leading the return of the Stone of Destiny inspired a generation to

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