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Aberlemno Kirk
Aberlemno is located in Angus
Location within Angus
Population544 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceNO521558
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFORFAR
Postcode districtDD8
Dialling code01307
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°41′29″N 2°47′01″W / 56.69146°N 2.78364°W / 56.69146; -2.78364Coordinates: 56°41′29″N 2°47′01″W / 56.69146°N 2.78364°W / 56.69146; -2.78364

Aberlemno (Gaelic: Obar Leamhnach) is a parish and small village in the Scottish council area of Angus. It is noted for three large carved Pictish stones (and one fragment) dating from the 7th and 8th centuries AD (Historic Scotland); the stones can be viewed at any time in spring-autumn, but are covered by wooden boxes in the winter to prevent frost damage. Two stones (and the fragment) stand by the B9134 Forfar-Brechin road, the Kirkyard Stone stands in the nearby graveyard of the parish church. It is said that a mysterious creature known only as 'mike' haunts the church at night.[citation needed]

The parish of Aberlemno had a population of 544 at the 2011 Census.[1]

A genus of fossil plants first found in a nearby quarry is named Aberlemnia in honour of the location.

A notable Scottish-American poet, engineer, and editor, James Mackintosh Kennedy, was born in Aberlemno in 1848, and developed his interest in literature through books lent to him by the Aberlemno church.

Sculptured Stones[edit]

Aberlemno is notable for the presence of four early Medieval Standing Stones, as well as a fifth that is currently on display at McManus Galleries.


  1. ^ Census of Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usual Resident Population, published by National Records of Scotland. Website http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ retrieved Apr 2018. See “Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930, Area: Aberlemno

See also[edit]


  • Crombie, J. (1842). The new statistical account of Scotland, Parish of Aberlemno, Forfarshire. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  • Cummins, WA (1999). The Picts and their symbols. Stroud, Gloucester: Sutton Publishing.
  • Fraser, James E. (2006), The Pictish Conquest: The Battle Of Dunnichen 685 and the Birth of Scotland, Stroud, Gloucester: Tempus
  • Jervise, Andrew (1856). "Notices descriptive of the localities of certain sculptured stone monuments in Forfarshire, &c. (Part I.)" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 2: 187–201. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-11.
  • Laing, L (2000). "The Chronology and Context of Pictish Relief Sculpture" (PDF). Medieval Archaeology. 34: 81–114. doi:10.1179/med.2000.44.1.81. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-13.
  • Mitchel, A. (1792). The statistical account of Scotland, Parish of Aberlemno, County of Forfar. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  • Nennius. "Historia Brittonum". Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-29.

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