Menmuir

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Menmuir
Kirkton of Menmuir.jpg
Kirkton of Menmuir
Menmuir is located in Angus
Menmuir
Menmuir
Location within Angus
Populationapprox. 250
OS grid referenceNO532644
Council area
Lieutenancy area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRECHIN
Postcode districtDD9
Dialling code01356
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56°46′08″N 2°46′02″W / 56.768806°N 2.767259°W / 56.768806; -2.767259Coordinates: 56°46′08″N 2°46′02″W / 56.768806°N 2.767259°W / 56.768806; -2.767259

Menmuir is a parish in the county of Angus in Scotland.

Kirkton of Menmuir consists of only three houses (the Old Schoolhouse, the Manse, the Old Inn) and for this reason is referred to locally as "twa hooses and another yin," but around 250 people live in the area and the community hall is well used.

History[edit]

Neolithic cup and ring marked stones have been found in the area. Bronze age archaeology has been found nearby, with a short cist burial found a mile to the south-east of the village, containing bones and a flint spearhead, and a bronze axehead found nearby.[1] The Brown Caterthun and the White Caterthun, hillforts dating from the iron age, can also be seen nearby.

A number of Pictish symbol stones have been found in Menmuir, including a cross-slab and a sculptured stone found in the kirkyard around 1844 when an old wall was demolished,[2] three fragments, found in the grounds of the village Manse in 1943,[3] and another class III fragment reported in 1986.[4] These point to Menmuir having been a centre of some ecclesiastical importance in the early Medieval period.

A royal palace is supposed to have existed in Menmuir in the reign of Alexander III, a little to the south-west of where the church now stands. However, no remains of it have been found.[5]

Geography[edit]

Menmuir straddles the boundary of the fertile coastal land and the start of the Grampian Mountains. The unusual surname Menmuir seems to originate from this parish.

Famous residents[edit]

John Lindsay of Balcarres, Lord Menmuir was the laird of Menmuir and James Irvine was a Scottish portrait-painter born here in 1822.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jervise (1953); Jervise (1957); Coles (1971)
  2. ^ Allen and Anderson (1903); Cron (1843)
  3. ^ Stevenson (1958)
  4. ^ Atkinson and Watson (1987)
  5. ^ Jervise (1853) pp246-247

References[edit]

  • Allen, J.R.; Anderson, J. (1993) [1903], The early Christian monuments of Scotland, Balgavies, Angus: Pinkfoot press
  • Atkinson, N. K. & Watson, W.G. (1987), "Menmuir Church (Menmuir Parish): Class III Sculptured Stone Fragment" (PDF), Discovery and Excavation in Scotland: 58, archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-03, retrieved 2009-12-04
  • Coles, J.A. (1968). "Scottish Early Bronze Age Metalwork" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 101: 1–110. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  • Cron, W (1843), "Parish of Menmuir", New Statistical Account of Scotland, pp. 656–658, retrieved 2009-12-04
  • Jervise, A (1853), The history and traditions of the land of the Lindsays in Angus and Mearns, with notices of Alyth and Meigle, Edinburgh: Sutherland and Knox, retrieved 2009-12-04
  • Jervise, A (1857). "Notices of the Localities of the Sculptured Stone Monuments at St Bigeans, Inchbrayoch, Pitmuies, and Menmuir, in Angus, and of Fordoun in the Mearns. Part IV" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 2: 458–466. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
  • Stevenson, R.B.K. (1958). "The Inchyra stone and some other unpublished early Christian monuments" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 92: 33–55. Retrieved 2009-12-04.

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