Meigle Sculptured Stones, Meigle

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The Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum is a permanent exhibition of 27 carved Pictish stones in the centre of the village of Meigle in eastern Scotland. It lies on the A94 road running from Coupar Angus to Forfar. The museum occupies the former parish school, built 1844. The collection of stones implies that an important church was located nearby, or perhaps a monastery. There is an early historical record of the work of Thana, son of Dudabrach, who was at Meigle (recorded as Migdele) in the middle of the 9th century during the reign of King Pherath. Thana was likely to have been a monk serving as a scribe in a local monastery that could have been founded in the 8th century. The stones contained in the museum were all found near Meigle, mostly in the neighbouring churchyard or used in the construction of the old church. The present church building dates to about 1870, the previous building having been destroyed in a fire on 28 March 1869. The stones are Christian monuments to the dead of the Pictish warrior aristocracy, who are depicted on the stones bearing their weapons or hunting.The museumThe museum building was originally the village schoolhouse. The building was purchased by the local laird Sir George Kinloch towards the end of the 19th century in order to protect the symbol stones. In 1936 the museum passed into the ownership of the State, it was renovated after the Second World War and reopened to the public in 1949.
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  • The Church shows a selection of Pictish stones, artfully decorated with symbols and drawings. The fact that much less of the Picts is known as about the Romans, although they are older is impressive. The lack of traditions is to blame for this. Always worth a visit on the passage from Edinburgh to Braemer or Aberdeen, but a detour is necessary only for those interested. Because only a few details to the stones is told, the visit lasts just 15-30 minutes.
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  • Although this museum is quite small, it houses a lot of information about the Picts. There are several very well preserved stones, and panels describing all the details. Loved the box with artefacts, ...  more »
  • A small building housing a selection of wonderfully carved stones found locally. Great little museum but expensive for what you get compared to some Historic Scotland locations. There is a small shop ...  more »

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