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Hensol House, the Lainshaw Sundial

A Category A Listed Building in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0052 / 55°0'18"N

Longitude: -4.0719 / 4°4'18"W

OS Eastings: 267584

OS Northings: 569806

OS Grid: NX675698

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z.VYMG

Mapcode Global: WH4VK.FG7B

Entry Name: Hensol House, the Lainshaw Sundial

Listing Date: 23 April 1990

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334465

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3416

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Balmaghie

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

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Description

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 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.

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