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1. Meigle no.1

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-06-12
Date 12 June 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Perthshire
Townland Meigle
OSMapRef NO 285445 (328500, 744500)
Area Scotland
GeneralContext General View of Meigle no.1, an upright cross slab.
Location Church of Meigle
GeneralContext Stone type: Old Red Sandstone
Dimensions 6' high by 3' 4.5'' wide, and from 6'' to 7'' thick.
GeneralDescription This shows the front of Meigle no.1, an upright cross slab.
GeneralDescription The cross is in the middle and extends the full length of the shaft. The centre of the head of the cross has spiral-work. The top arm has triangular interlaced work, and the left and right arms have interlaced work. The top of the shaft has circular-interlaced work, and at the bottom of the shaft there is a piece of irregular plait-work.
GeneralDescription The background of the cross has eight panels.
GeneralDescription On either side of the top arm there is a beast with a long snout.
GeneralDescription On the left of the shaft in a vertical row there is - from the top - a beast with horns like a goat, a beast with its body bent round spirally, and a sea-horse and a serpentine creature facing each other.
GeneralDescription On the right of the shaft there is, at the top, a pair of sea-monsters with their bodies twisted together and interlaced, and, at the bottom, an animal with horns and a tail ending in a beast's head, which is biting the neck of a serpentine creature or reptile.

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