Kirriemuir Sculptured Stones

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Kirriemuir 2 rear. Photograph by Kyle Munro

Coordinates: 56°38′39″N 2°53′21″W / 56.6441°N 2.8891°W / 56.6441; -2.8891 The Kirriemuir Sculptured Stones are a series of Class II and III Pictish stones found in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland. Their existence points to Kirriemuir being an important ecclesiastical centre in the late first millennium AD.

Location[edit]

The stones were found in the grounds of Kirriemuir Kirk grid reference NO38955448. The stones are now on display at the Meffan Institute in Forfar, Angus.

Description[edit]

Kirriemuir 1[edit]

The slab is carved on both faces in relief and, as it bears Pictish symbols, it falls into John Romilly Allen and Joseph Anderson's classification system as a class II stone.[1][2] The stone bears a number of figural representations and a mirror and comb symbol. The figures have been identified as Saints Anthony and Paul.[3]

The stone is one of the latest to include pictish symbols and can be dated with confidence to the late 9th/early 10th century.[4]

Kirriemuir 2[edit]

Cross slab carved on both faces in relief. It too contains Pictish symbols and falls into John Romilly Allen and Joseph Anderson's classification system as a class II stone.[1]

History[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allen, J. Romilly; Anderson, J. (1903), Early Christian Monuments of Scotland 1, Balgavies, Angus: Pinkfoot Press (1993 facsimile), pp. 242–245 
  2. ^ Allen, J. Romilly (1890), Preliminary list of sculptured stones older than A.D. 1100, with symbols and Celtic ornament, in Scotland, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 24: 510–525, retrieved November 29, 2010 
  3. ^ Site record for Kirriemuir 1 stone, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland. Canmore database., retrieved December 6, 2010 
  4. ^ Laing, Lloyd R. (2000), How late were Pictish symbols employed, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 130: 637–650, retrieved December 6, 2010 

Gallery[edit]

Kirriemuir 1 front. Photograph by Kyle Munro. 
Kirriemuir 1 rear. Photograph by Kyle Munro. 
Kirriemuir 2 front. Photograph by Kyle Munro. 
Kirriemuir 2 rear. Photograph by Kyle Munro. 
Kirriemuir 3 front. Photograph by Kyle Munro. 
Kirriemuir 3 rear. Photograph by Kyle Munro.