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ABERDOUR, ABERDOUR CASTLE SUNDIAL (FORMERLY AT ABERDOUR HOUSE)LB3637

Status: Removed

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Summary

Category
A
Group Category Details
100000019 - See Notes
Date Added
02/05/1973
Date Removed:
17/04/2018
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Aberdour (Fife)
NGR
NT 19299 85463
Coordinates
319299, 685463

Removal Reason

The designation of this structure as a listed building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognised as being of national importance through its designation as part of the scheduled monument, Aberdour Castle (SM90002).

Description

16th century. Corniced, square-plan, ashlar pedestal with carved faces borne on four balls resting on square-plan over circular pavement.

Table dial face; roman numerals around edge, circle with degrees numbered within, sun motif to centre, broken fragment of gnomon remaining, (2002). Pedestal; NW, coronet above order of the garter insignia with motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense', SW Douglas Heart motif with cherub above. Further carved decoration including festoon to SE and carved figures to NE.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly listed as Aberdour House Sundial. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT, A-Group with Aberdour Castle, Aberdour Castle West Doorway, Aberdour Castle Walled Garden, Aberdour Dovecot. The sundial can be found to the S of the Castle on one of the raised terraces. It was moved to its present position from nearby Aberdour House (see separate listing) in the early 1990s. It is probable that it had originally been at the castle and when the Morton's left to live at Aberdour House in 1725 they brought it with them. Aberdour House was re-developed in the early 1990s and converted into flats, it is suspected that it was at this time that the sundial was relocated to the castle. The dial is set NE and SW, so that 12 o'clock falls exactly at the NE corner of the stone. It is a good example of a 16th century horizontal sundial, the pedestal format allowing the sundial to be decoratively adorned. At St Colme House (the former Moray factor's house) in the neighbouring Dalgety Bay Parish there is a very similar sundial of the 1830s which must owe much of its inspiration to the castle's sundial. For further information see Aberdour Castle list description.

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Related Designations

  1. ABERDOUR, ABERDOUR CASTLE WEST GATEWAYLB3609

    Designation Type
    Listed Building (B)
    Status
    Removed
  2. ABERDOUR,ABERDOUR CASTLE WALLED GARDEN WITH SUNDIALLB3610

    Designation Type
    Listed Building (A)
    Status
    Removed
  3. ABERDOUR, ABERDOUR CASTLE DOVECOTLB3611

    Designation Type
    Listed Building (A)
    Status
    Removed
  4. Aberdour CastleSM90002

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument
    Status
    Designated
  5. ABERDOUR CASTLEGDL00003

    Designation Type
    Garden & Designed Landscape
    Status
    Designated
  6. ABERDOUR, ABERDOUR CASTLE INCLUDING GARDEN TERRACES AND BOUNDARY WALLSLB6421

    Designation Type
    Listed Building (A)
    Status
    Removed

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