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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martin. cienciala (2 years ago)
A small well run museum.
Stephen Quigley (2 years ago)
Awesome place! Unique display of Pictish art on stone. Great to see the actual objects that you have read about. Staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Paul Goodison (2 years ago)
Great to be able to see Pictish stones up close and feel the artists' work. Very knowledgeable Historic Scotland lady who brought it alive. This is a very small museum so don't expect to spend long, but worthwhile if you're interested.
Jason Esplin (2 years ago)
Wonderful Pictish Stones from 800-1000 AD, hands on and a wonderful collection of maybe two dozen. Cozy, homey atmosphere. Some good knick knack souvenirs.
David Tytler (2 years ago)
superb sculpted stones. very easy to visit. made past come alive. The single focus makes a strong impression that is missing from large multi-topic museums. finally im starting to connect to our Pict ancestors. "the picts" book by Jill Harden is an outstanding guide to Meigle and the many sites in the N and NE.
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