Listed Building

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Group Category Details
100000019 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 67584 69806
267584, 569806


Later 17th century. Large and complex dial of lectern type,

bearing the initials and shield of Sir Alexander Cunninghame

of Lainshaw and Dame Margaret Stewart and probably dating

from their marriage in 1673. Multi-face sandstone head with

many dials, some hollowed, some heart-shaped; lead gnomons

replaced in 1980's.

The pedestal is much damaged, the dial having fallen into

disrepair at Cunninghame's Lainshaw estate in Ayrshire, in

the 19th century it was brought to Hensol and re-erected. The

pedestal was a square plan baluster shape with bulbous fluted

base and a now truncated obelisk-shaped shaft bearing the

shields and initials. The plinth and foot of the pedestal are

missing. When complete the pedestal must have closely

resembled that at Ladyland House, Ayrshire, which has an

almost identical sundial dated 1674.

Statement of Special Interest

This is a very fine and notable sundial of comparatively

early date. Though no direct connection between it and the

Ladylands dial has yet been established, the two are so

similar and of such distinctive style, they are almost

certainly the work of the same master mason.

A group with Hensol House.



HKF Gatty and Eleanor Lloyd: "THE BOOK OF SUNDIALS".

MacGibbon and Ross C and D vol V p. 434 for Ladyland Dial.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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