Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum

Meigle, United Kingdom

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. 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 were rescued by William Galloway immediatey after the fire. The stones are Christian monuments to the dead of the Pictish warrior aristocracy, who are depicted on the stones bearing their weapons or hunting.



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Founded: 1936
Category: Museums in United Kingdom

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John Hunter (12 months ago)
A real gem out in the country. What wonderful stones, history, and staff.
andrew slater (13 months ago)
Small old church filled with pictish stones..
Drew Young (14 months ago)
A really nice collection of ancient Pictish stones, which was well introduced by the Historic Scotland employee Liam. Very interesting imagery and a real sense of mystery tied to much of it, how you interpret the symbols is up to you. Was good to see the local history in such a well put out fashion. Only slight irritance was the price, seemed a bit steep for the size of the collection. Still, highly recommended for a visit if you love history.
D B (2 years ago)
Wasn't opened unfortunately but had a wee wander around the adjacent church and burial ground. Plenty of momento mori and headstones dating back to the 1600s.
martin. cienciala (5 years ago)
A small well run museum.
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