SPECIALISTS have restored the intricate alabaster monument in Scone Palace's gothic chapel following a four-week project.

It was the first time the monument has undergone restoration work since 1921 and the work inside the small Presbyterian chapel, which looks upon the famous replica Stone of Scone on Moot Hill, has been completed by a specialist mason.

The Italian alabaster monument depicts David Murray, the 1st Viscount Stormont, kneeling in prayer between the figures of his two great friends, the Marquis of Tullibardine and the Earl Marischal, who he brought together in friendship after a long feud.

Created by Maximilian Colt, a celebrated sculptor who became the King James I's master carver, in 1618, today's renovation work has included a range of extensive cleaning and repair work to maintain the precious monument.

The restoration work was undertaken by seasoned mason Ian Russell from G Brown Stone Mason Ltd, who intricately cleaned the entire monument using a quarter inch paintbrush and specialist dust extractors.

Corroded dowels have been replaced where possible, broken off elements were re-attached and missing elements have been sympathetically re-created.

The sword on the 1st Viscount Stormont has been fixed and strengthened. The shield was also restored by Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation in Edinburgh and re-attached.

Guy Hopson, Scone Palace’s estate surveyor who oversaw the project, said: “The alabaster monument inside our little chapel is a stunning work of art to admire and we are delighted to have been able to restore it to its original glory.

“The specialist work by Ian Russell from G Brown Stone Mason has been carried out with great care and finesse.

“We hope visitors will continue to enjoy viewing the monument and the story of Scone Palace's 1st Viscount, David Murray."