‘A palace? My gaff’s bigger than this!’ Noel Gallagher mocks historic castle where ancient kings were crowned as he visits Scotland for BBC event
- Noel Gallagher joked his home was bigger than Scone Palace in its visitor’s book
- Noel joked: ‘A palace? My gaff’s bigger that this,’ and then added two kisses
- He was performing at the venue for the BBC’s The Biggest Weekend event
Noel performed at an event at the palace
Once home to the Stone of Destiny, Scone Palace was the crowning place of ancient Scots kings for nearly a thousand years.
But one famous guest at the weekend was far from impressed by the site’s history – and scoffed at its regal heritage.
Noel Gallagher, performing in the Perth venue for the BBC’s The Biggest Weekend event, signed off from the tourist attraction by writing in the official visitor’s book: ‘A palace? My gaff’s bigger than this.’
He added two kisses to emphasise the joke.
However, the former Oasis guitarist’s own home became something of a millstone around his neck after he struggled to sell it.
Noel Gallagher was less than impressed with the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings
The former Oasis star said his home was bigger than the palace in its official visitor’s book
Gallagher, 51 today, tried to sell his six-bedroom home in Little Venice, West London, in 2016 for £11.5million before knocking almost £2million off the asking price after it sat on the market for a year.
He even issued a tongue-in-cheek plea to Russian oligarchs to snap up the stucco-fronted period property last year.
He had bought the home, which features a basement gym, in 2010, but wanted to upgrade.
Gallagher’s 90-minute headlining set on Saturday featured hits from his career with both Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. It drew a mass sing-along from the crowd who made up some of the 20,000 who attended the live music event over two days.
The history of Scone Palace
- Scone Palace was the site of an early Christian church and an important gathering place of the Picts, an ancient tribe in Scotland
- It is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and also served as the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings on the stone of Scone.
- All Kings of Scots were crowned on the Moot Hill and then seated upon the Stone of Scone.
- Even after the Stone’s removal by King Edward I in 1296, the Moot Hill continued to be the crowning place of the Kings of Scots.
- The last King of Scots to be crowned there was King Charles II in 1651, on the Moot Hill.
- During the Jacobite rebellions, the ‘Old Pretender’ James Francis Edward Stuart spent time at Scone while his son, Bonnie Prince Charlie, visited in 1745.
- Excavations uncovered the lost rich Abbey of Scone. The Abbey had at one time, housed the Stone of Destiny
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