1 Lectern dials 2 Obelisk dials 3 Facet-head dials 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 External links
These are noticeable for their sloping top like a reading desk or
lectern, in the equatorial plane, usually with a star on top having
dials in all its angles, and at 90 degrees to this a hemi-cylinder
with a polar dial inscribed in it. The lectern usually has hollow
dials on the south, east and west faces, and hour lines are inscribed
in every available angle.
One of the more complicated was formerly at Mid Calder House and is
now at Culzean Castle.
Lectern dials have some counterparts in continental Europe. This is
particularly true of the
Netherlands which was Scotland's primary trading partner of the time and where several lectern dials survive. Obelisk dials Obelisk dials are unique to Scotland
Scotland and there are only 26 of them known. The first is meant to be that at Drummond Castle. It was carved in 1630 by John Mylne the King's Master Mason.
The Kirkhall composite sundial at Ardrossan
Obelisk dials are made up of three parts. The base element is a square shaft with four or five square panels on each side. In these panels are often sunken dials of bowl-hollows, hearts or triangular and rectangular shapes. The middle element is an octangonal section boss. The corners may be cut away and have dials inscribed in the hollows. The crowning element is a square tapering finial which when viewed with the lower square shaft produces the obelisk appearance. This finial also has panelled sides with up to seven or eight on each side. There can be 70 or 80 surfaces in total available for dials. Facet-head dials This term includes a wide variety of other types ranging from a simple cube to complex polyhedrals. The most dramatic of these is at Glamis Castle. References
^ MacGibbon, T. and Ross, D. (1887 - 92). The castellated and domestic
Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v, Edinburgh. pp. 484 - 485. ^ MacGibbon, T. and Ross, D. (1887 - 92). The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland
Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v, Edinburgh. pp. 434.
Bibliography The information here is heavily derived from the writings of Andrew Somerville who in turn used the pioneering Victorian writings of Thomas Ross.
Vol. 5 The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland, MacGibbon & Ross (1892) The Ancient Sundials of Scotland, Andrew R Somerville (1990)
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sundials in Scotland.
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Video footage of the Greenbank Garden dials
Scottish Sundials - by Location, Type and Date
Register of Scottish Sundials
Scottish sundial erected by Robert Simson at Kirktonhall, West Kilbride. A Scottish Sundial
Sundial at Ardrossan's Civic Centre Sundials of Scotland
Scotland - a website for Scottish sundials by