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Aberlemno churchyard, cross slab

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6893 / 56°41'21"N

Longitude: -2.7813 / 2°46'52"W

OS Eastings: 352238

OS Northings: 755559

OS Grid: NO522555

Mapcode National: GBR VP.HRXT

Mapcode Global: WH7QG.74T7

Entry Name: Aberlemno churchyard, cross slab

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1921

Last Amended: 25 September 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90003

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross slab

Location: Aberlemno

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises a cross slab of Pictish date. It is in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland, and is being re-scheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The stone stands in Aberlemno churchyard. It comprises an upright slab, some 2.3m high by about 1.3m wide at the bottom, tapering to about 0.9m wide at the top by about 0.2m thick. The ornament is partly incised and partly in relief, consisting of a cross edged by spirals on the front, and, on the reverse, a two-legged rectangle, a Z-rod, a triple disc, and a battle scene.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the stone and an area around it required for the physical support of the stone. It is circular with a diameter of 2.5m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a particularly fine example of a Pictish cross slab. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Scottish Ministers.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 55 NW 26.


Allen, J. R. and Anderson, J. (1903) The early Christian monuments of Scotland: a classified illustrated descriptive list of the monuments with an analysis of their symbolism and ornamentation, Edinburgh, 209, Figs 227B.
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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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