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.

Aberlemno Kirk
Aberlemno is located in Angus
Location within Angus
Population544 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceNO521558
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFORFAR
Postcode districtDD8
Dialling code01307
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°41′29″N 2°47′01″W / 56.69146°N 2.78364°W / 56.69146; -2.78364Coordinates: 56°41′29″N 2°47′01″W / 56.69146°N 2.78364°W / 56.69146; -2.78364
The cross slab in the kirkyard.
Class II Pictish stone.

The parish of Aberlemno had a population of 544 at the 2011 Census.[1]

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.

The Parish was the location of a Royal Observer Corps monitoring bunker between 1961 and 1968. It remains mostly intact and as of 2015, it was being restored. [2]

Sculptured StonesEdit

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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Census of Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usual Resident Population, published by National Records of Scotland. Website http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ retrieved Apr 2018. See “Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930, Area: Aberlemno
  2. ^ "Aberlemno ROC Post – Subterranea Britannica". www.subbrit.org.uk. Retrieved 10 October 2022.


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