Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum **
Region: Perth(shire), Angus & Dundee
This rather small museum can be found in the old school house in the centre of the village. Most of the stones in the collection were found in the adjacent churchyard.
The Pictish Kingdom once spread from the far north of Scotland to the River Forth with Meigle as an important religious centre associated with the ruling aristocracy. The Picts were a warrior people led by powerful kings and lords. As they left no written language the only records are their carved stones. They became Christianised and as a separate people cum nation 'disappeared' around 900AD. Although the Vikings were responsible for wiping out many of the Pictish nobility in 839AD they came under the control of Cinead Mac Alpine from Dál Riata. He brought together the different tribes into a new kingdom of Alba which eventually became Scotland.
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