Does anyone know more about this, i find it a fascinating topic but cant find out more than what the book tells, here
is what i know so far. (Not the gunpowder plot, but the green stone).
At the beginning of the seventeenth century England was ruled by a Protestant regime, this is what lead to the
gunpowder plot which was hatched by a group of catholic landowners in 1605. The plan was conceived by Robert
catesby and Thomas wyntour and as we know conspirator guy Fawkes was left to carry out the final part of the plot.
Fawkes was tortured into revealing the names of the other conspirators, the remainder of the group fled to the
wyntour family home of Haddington court in worcestershire and were captured not long after arriving there.
The interesting bit is this was not the end of the affair, as the chief minister Robert Cecil, had requested that Robert
catesby should be taken alive, as it was believed that he was in possession of a sacred relic which was a green
jade gemstone called the meonia stone.
The belief was that it was once set in Excalibur and historically had belonged to Mary queen of scots, who was the
last legitimate catholic heir to the throne, after her death it was believed that the next heir should possess the
Cecil wished to destroy the stone so that it could not be used as a rallying symbol, but catesby was shot dead and
the location of the stone was lost.
In 1979 graham Philips and fellow researcher Andrew Collins decided to go in search of the stone. After a great
Deal of research they managed to find the identity of the person the stone had been entrusted to, this was Thomas
Wyntours sister lady Gertrude, when the conspirators arrived at the family home, the servants were dismissed, so
She was the only person to see them before they were captured. Cecil suspected that she had or new the location
Of the stone, but the king had forbidden the torture of women, however she was placed under house arrest.
It was discovered in her secret writing that before she was arrested she was visited by Humphrey packington of
nearby Harrington hall. He was not a conspirator but was a devout catholic, and was a distant relation of Mary
Queen of scots.
In searching for the stone graham and Andrew found a mural behind panelling in the upper floors of Harrington hall,
the mural was of a young King Arthur wielding Excalibur before a hill on which his knights were assembled. Only
packington himself could have commissioned this mural. This was interesting as the stone is associated with
Excalibur and could be a clue to the stones location.
The local area was searched and a place was discovered that seemed to match the mural, which is called knights
hill. They found a heavily encrusted sword buried in the foundations of a bridge at the bottom of the hill which
dated to the time of the conspiracy, once clean it was found to bear the arms of Mary queen of scots, and a coded
message which was meonia fore Marye this lead to the discovery of the location of the stone on the banks of the
River Avon a few miles from the same bridge.
They found this stone and allowed a member of their group to keep it, unfortunately their friend died and the stone
to her daughter, after this the stone was sold on eBay and it is once again lost, there is a book about there
adventures called he green stone by Martin keatman and graham Philips. It tells more about the more mysterious
side of the story.