Blarney Stone mystery solved - by the Scots!

The origins of Ireland's Blarney Stone, famous for bestowing the "gift of gab" to anyone willing to kiss it, has been the subject of controversy for centuries. Now a team of scientists from the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum have found the answer using a 19th century rock sample.

The Blarney Stone has been linked to such sources as Stonehenge, the Stone of Destiny or Bannockburn, but new evidence shows that it is local to the area around Cork, Ireland, site of Blarney Castle. Recently the Hunterian Museum geologists used a 19th century slide, from the collection of Matthew Forster Heddle of St Andrews, to prove its origins.