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Aberlemno
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Aberlemno Kirk
Aberlemno is located in Scotland
Aberlemno
Aberlemno
Population 544 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference NO521558
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FORFAR
Postcode district DD8
Dialling code 01307
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Angus
Scottish Parliament
  • Angus North and Mearns
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UK
Scotland
56°41′29″N 2°47′01″W / 56.69146°N 2.78364°W / 56.69146; -2.78364

Aberlemno (Scottish Gaelic: Obar Leamhnach, IPA:[ˈopəɾˈʎɛunəx]) 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. He bites the toes of children that have been naughty. The creature is said to sit on top of the church spire howling on the 13th day of July.

Aberlemno Churchyard Cross Slab 20090616 cross
The cross slab in the kirkyard

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

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

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 in Dundee.

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