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Sundial, Park Of Drumquhassle

A Category B Listed Building in Drymen, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.0509 / 56°3'3"N

Longitude: -4.4376 / 4°26'15"W

OS Eastings: 248280

OS Northings: 686903

OS Grid: NS482869

Mapcode National: GBR 0R.QYW3

Mapcode Global: WH3N6.T50N

Plus Code: 9C8Q3H26+9W

Entry Name: Sundial, Park Of Drumquhassle

Listing Name: Park of Drumquhassle, Sundial to South East of House

Listing Date: 5 September 1973

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335080

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3903

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Drymen

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Parish: Drymen

Traditional County: Stirlingshire

Tagged with: Sundial

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Dated 1710. Sandstone ashlar columnar sundial with horizontal copper dial. Moulded base to column; moulded capital at apex; surmounted by corniced square-plan dial base. Octagonal dial inscribed 'Guhellmus Govane de Drumquhassle fecit' ('made by William Govane of Drumquhassle') and 'W.G. 1710' and 'K.E. 1710'. Much astrological information also given. Decorative pointer inscribed with 3 lines of Latin verse on each side.

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B-Group with Park of Drumquhassle and Dovecot to N of house. A fine intact early 18th century columnar sundial. The dial is fairly lavishly inscribed. The initials 'W.G.' would appear to refer to William Govane and 'K.E.' to his wife, Katherine Edmonstone (they also constructed the dovecot in the following year). The lines of Latin verse along the pointer read as follows: 'Vita brevis, velut umbra levis, sic annichilatur/Hora fluit, nec morari potest/... Memor ...sibi(?) cura(?)./ Nam vadit subitoque cadit, dum stare putatur/Tempus ruit nec revocari potest/(Ex) hoc momento.. aeternita(s)' (Stevenson). There appears to have been a substantial residence on the site since at least the mid-later 16th century, when 'Drumquhassle Castle' was cited as the 'principal messuage' of the newly created barony of Drumquhassle. The house was rebuilt in 1839 by Robert Govane. The estate belonged to the Govanes for over 200 years from about the late 17th century until the 1910's when it was purchased by the family of the present (1999) occupant.

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