Part of collection of carved stones at Meigle Museum.

This evening, I am posting information on the collection of thirty-three carved stones from the First Millennium AD at Meigle in Perthshire, Central Scotland. Location is about seventy miles north of Edinburgh.

The Picts were one of the earliest peoples of Scotland living to the north of Forth and Clyde estuaries. They were first recorded by the Romans in AD 297  as Picti or ‘Painted People’. Our knowledge of the Picts is scant because they appear not to have used a written language but they have left a stunning legacy in the form of carved stone monuments a feature of which is the high level of artistic skills which have produced a combination of distinctive abstract symbols (known variously today as crescent and V-rod, double disc and Z-rod) with more recognisable carved images representing animals, fish and birds. The earliest stones date from around the 6th century AD with Christian iconography becoming prominent from the 8th and 9th centuries.

Detail of carving.

Presumably, Meigle must have been an important power base and/or religious centre for the Picts due to the high concentration of carved stones found there, all of which were found in the churchyard or fabric of the church.

Carving of hunting scene at Meigle.

Detail of carving at Meigle, Scotland.

Carving of King or similar high status person at Meigle. Note absence of stirrups.

Carving of cat. This animal seems to have been revered by the Pcts. The county of Caithness is named after the feline as is Clan Chattan.

Meigle Church today.

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