Glamis Manse Pictish Stone Cross - a geometrical reconstruction

A4 297 x 210 mm / 20 pages / Full colour

Meigle, Glamis and Aberlemno, north-east of Perth in Scotland are each the site of free-standing carved Pictish stones and, at Meigle, the Stone Museum houses a fascinating collection. Many of the free-standing stones exceed human height. The Glamis Pictish stone stands 9 feet high in the garden of Glamis Manse and is carved on one side with a superb Christian cross and, on the reverse, Pictish images of a great salmon, circles thought to represent a mirror and a serpentine creature that might be a snake, eel or the meanders of a river. Some of the Pictish stones in this area, including those in the Meigle Stone Museum, feature geometrical constructions, raising the possibility that they were designed geometrically in their entirety. This article commences from the outer boundary of the Glamis Manse stone and develops a geometrical design, stage by stage, until the full layout of the cross is reached.