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Wednesday 19th of March 2014
Car Hire Glasgow Airport bring some rather interesting news involving a historic monument.
At the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum, researchers have used a long lost portion of the Blarney Stone to reveal the accurate beginning of the world famous monument.
Visitors to the Blarney Castle in Cork, kiss the stone, which is around 330 million years old, according to the Hunterian curator Dr John Faithfull. The limestone is kissed in hope of it bringing them ‘the gift of the gab’. This new discovery, based on a wafer thin sheet taken from the stone in the mid 1800’s appears to discredit and link between the Blarney and the Stone of Destiny or Stonehenge. Dr Faithfull said, “This indicates that it has nothing to do with the Stonehenge bluestones, or the sandstone of the current ‘Stone of Destiny’, now in EdinburghCastle.”
The sample was in the Hunterian’s collection of 40,000 microscope slides and sat unnoticed until found by an intern during the creation of a digital archive. It was part of a collection from Professor Matthew Forster Heddle, a St Andrews University professor of geology and chemistry in the 19th century.
Dr Faithfull said “We don’t know how Professor Heddle got the Blarney microscope slide, or whether he had it made himself, but he was a major scientific figure, with excellent contacts, and was always keen to acquire interesting samples for scientific investigation. However, in this case, he doesn’t seem to have published anything about the stone.”