Saints and Stones: St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum
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According to Historic Scotland, "It is hard to believe that this sleepy Angus village of St Vigeans was once the centre of a royal estate and of huge religious importance, bustling with prayerful pilgrims and monks. Admittedly, this was more than 1,000 years ago, so visitors could be forgiven for missing the evidence that is scattered around and in the walls of the late medieval church...perched on a striking 40 foot mound in front of them."

The most important indications of the villageís powerful past can be found, however, in two adjoining sandstone cottages along its only street. Within their walls in Historic Scotlandís museum are housed 38 carved stones, which had once stood up on the old church mound to broadcast early messages of the true Christian faith. Among the stones on display is the magnificent 9th Century Drosten Stone, a flat rectangular slab with a cross carved on one side and Pictish symbols on the other, and also bearing a Pictish inscription in Latin script.

Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the museum.

About St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum

Megalithic Portal: St. Vigeans Museum
Wikipedia: St. Vigeans Sculptured Stones Museum
Wikipedia: Pictish Stones
Historic Scotland: Pictish Stones

Journey to St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum

The Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum is located 1/2 mile north of Arbroath off the A92 in the tiny village of St. Vigeans in Angus, Scotland. Visits must be by prior arrangement with nearby Arbroath Abbey (telephone: 01241 878756).

Ordnance Survey Map (NO6370542887)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum may be found at the Historic Scotland website. General tourist information may be found at the Dundee and Angus Tourism website.

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Sign in Front of St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum
Sign in Front of St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum
Sign in Front of St. Vigeans Pictish and Medieval Stones Museum

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