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Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker


by gammy leg walker » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:21 pm

Route description: Falkirk Wheel, Bonnybridge and Antonine Wall, near Falkirk

Date walked: 02/12/2012

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 7 km

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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 am

Mountainlove wrote:Lovely report thank you for sharing a bit of history...I really enjoyed it and the photos :D :D :D



Thanks ML,jst a wee walk,nowhere near your epic trips.
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:52 am

tomyboy73 wrote:cool story Gammy, and some nice pictures , i always wondered if the ditch was from the foundations of the wall, but now i see that it`s not :lol:


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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:57 am

ChrisW wrote:Cracking read Gammy and wonderful pictures of a fine wander as well as some spectacular engineering in the Falkirk Wheel - love it :clap:



Cheers Chris,walked here for years,Falkirk Wheel is a fantastic feat of engineering
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Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:59 am

pollyh33 wrote:Absolutely brilliant Wullie :thumbup: :thumbup:

Missing you hunners XXXX



:oops: :oops: Maybe see you on Sunday all going well.
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:02 am

[quote="morag1"]Great report gammy, fancy your boss being involved in hiding the Stone of Destiny,he must have been a bit of a character :thumbup:

Character,and a whole lot more,he was a pilot in the war & a great Nationalist.
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Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:03 am

McLEOD wrote:aye interesting, enjoyed that wee read :thumbup:



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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:09 am

Caberfeidh wrote:Interesting stuff... Co-incidentally I was in a pub in Glasgow's trendy West End recently, the Arlington bar, where there is a copy of the original stone, complete with handles on chains. I was chatting to the manager, who told me that of all copies of the stone, only two have a corner chipped off (this happened when it was "liberated" from the throne in 1950). The other chipped stone is the one now in Edinburgh , the official "real" stone. Or is it....?
Many years ago two boys were messing about in the hills near Scone. A landslip had opened up a cavity in the hillside, downhill from the site of an old fort. The boys climbed inside, hoping for old swords, chests of treasure etc., but all they found was a wee white stone tablet, with short legs and inscribed with strange symbols. Disappointed at the lack of treasure, they left, leaving the strange white stone. Years later, in adulthood, one of them thought back on it and realised it was Egyptian hieroglyphics carved on white marble, fashioned into a short stool or some such object. " Legend says that the Stone of Destiny was used as a pillow by Jacob in biblical times. It was believed to have been brought to Scotland in the 9th century." A stone the size of the official stone could not be used as a pillow, but a small, fashioned marble stool could. Also legend has it that Longshanks (King Edward I ) was really given the cover for the cesspit !
Stone of Destiny Arlington Bar.JPG



Thats always been the question"where is the real Stone of Destiny"or to give it its right name "The Stone of Scone"talking of Scone,thats where the stone should be Scone Palace,not Edinburgh Castle.
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Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:12 am

rockhopper wrote:Good to see you're getting out and about gammy - how's the leg coming on ? This takes me back to days wandering around Bonnybridge - my grandfather worked in the foundry at the canal bank (Smith and Wellstood) from where it was a short walk to my grandparents' house on the iother side of the canal - cheers :)


Smith & Wellstood,sadly no longer there,do you remember the mural painted on the side of the building depicting some of the workers inside.
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:14 am

Graeme D wrote:Fantastic stuff Gammy. I hope it's not too long before you're back out on the high stuff! :D



Thanks Graeme,all going well back on the high stuff this weekend. :)
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:19 am

Alan S wrote:Good to see you getting back out mate 8)
After reading this report I have learned 2 things about you that I didnt know.
1. You never told me about the stone of destiny story.
2. Up to now the only thing I thought you ever learned about the romans was this....
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LOL,Theres lots you dont know about me,and since your married to my lassie,you"ll never find out.
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:21 am

Bod wrote:A cracking read and a fascinating tale gammy :wink: :D :D



Aye Bod,always nice,a wee bit of history
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:24 am

ScottishLeaf wrote:Good to see you out and about again Gammy.
Cracking wee read about my home turf, enjoyed that.
The question is, did you see the wheel move???
Nobody from Falkirk has seen it move!!! lol

My auld man used to work just down the road from Rollo's in the Broomside Foundry, known as The Puzzle. I used to walk a bit of this route to go up and meet him then go for a fly pint in The Brig Inn before coming home! :lol:


Ave seen it turn SL,also seen the local neds hurling all sorts of stuff at folk on the boat.
Had many a fine pint in the Pee-Weep.
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Re: Antoninus Pius,The Stone of Destiny & gammy leg walker

Postby quoman » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:06 pm

Good to see you getting out again i have never walked the wall but passed it a million times ave been at the wheel tough and seen it move.
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