Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Lochgoilhead And Kilmorich
National Park
Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
NN 19868 1409
219868, 701409


This 17th century sandstone obelisk sundial stands in the garden of The Cottage (see separate listing) on land that was once common village ground, at the head of Loch Goil. The sundial is believed to have been moved several times (RCAHMS, Inventory), and its original location is now unknown; it has however occupied its current position since circa 1870. The sundial is a good example of a distinctive style of 17th century sundial design.


The sundial stands on a square three-stepped plinth, and is surrounded by circular metal railings. The square shaft is divided on each face into 5 square panels, each of which contains a sunken geometrical shape; designs include hearts, hemispheres, saltires and other geometrical devices, and the stubs of broken metal gnomons remain on some of the panels. On the north side of the shaft, the top panel bears the initials D / HM, the middle panel bears the initials S / C (C), and the lowest panel bears the date 1626. The date appears to have been recut in the 19th century, and probably originally read 1696, as the sundial bears a strong similarity to one dated 1695 at Asknish House (see separate listing) (RCAHMS, Inventory). Surmounting the shaft is a multi-facetted head with sunken hemispheres and triangles on the oblique faces, and the obelisk above; both the head and the obelisk have several broken gnomons, some of which are surrounded by finely incised dials (now almost entirely illegible).

Statement of Special Interest

The initials on the sundial are those of Sir Colin Campbell of Ardkinglas (d.1709) and his wife Dame Helen Maxwell; Campbell was the major landowner in Lochgoilhead and Kilmorich parish at that time.



1st edition OS map (1862-77); MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland, Vol V, (1977), 412; RCAHMS, Argyll: An Inventory of the Monuments, vol. 7 (1992), 529.

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