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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 33403 66084
333403, 666084


1635. Octagonal sandstone sundial with 19th century pedestal. Octagonal base with 4 steps plus base; pedestal bears date 'A.D 1635'. 4 chimera on pedestal supporting dial-stone. Fluted base to dial-stone; fan design to underside; carved in 2 tiers; lower tier contains bronze gnomon in each panel; upper tier contains initials with coronet, Lothian sun motif with coronet, armorial panels, initials EWL (William, Earl of Lothian) and CAL (Annie, Countess of Lothian) and faces. 4 men's heads with scrolled beards above; surmounted by 4 balls and an obelisk decorated with carved foliage; and ball and needle finial above.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with Newbattle Abbey, Newbattle Abbey Policies Fernery, Grotto and Ice House, Lothian Burial Ground, Maiden Bridge, Monkland Wall, South Sundial, Port Lodge, Newbattle Road and Abbey Road Wall and Gatepiers, Lamb's Nursery, Archbishop Leighton's House, 1-5 Riverside Cottages, Old Bridge, Newmills Road, Dalkeith Lodge in Dalkeith Burgh and The King's Gate in Cockpen Parish. The North sundial forms an identical pair with the South sundial, both were moved from the front of the house to the rear, mid 19th century. A Archer's ink sketch, 1834 and a colourtype, 1850 both depict a sundial surmounting a crenellated wall which extends from the N of the house and was possibly echoed at the other side. The Lothian Correspondence also mentions a sculpture court at the front of the house which the sundials may have been part of. The North sundial is enclosed on 3 sides by a yew hedge.



A Alexander, Newbattle Abbey, Ink Sketch, NMRS, 1834; Colourtype, Newbattle Abbey, NMRS, 1850; 1st Edition OS Map, 1854; D Laing (Editor), Correspondence of Sir Robert Kerr, 1st Earl of Ancrum, and his son, William, 3rd Earl of Lothian, 1875; T Ross, ANCIENT SUNDIALS OF SCOTLAND, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1890, Vol 24, p258; MacGibbon and Ross, THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, 1892, Vol V, p472; 2nd Edition OS Map, 1907; RCAHMS, INVENTORY FOR MIDLOTHIAN AND WEST LOTHIAN, 1929, Inv No 182, p145; A R Somerville, THE ANCIENT SUNDIALS OF SCOTLAND, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1987, No 117, pp233-264; J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN, 1995, p82.

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