Can you please help identify this sundial?

 

 

 

It is in our garden in Fife, Scotland.

It is dated 1765 or 1785 and has a J or I and W separated by a floral motif.

It has been very accurately positioned, and levelled. And this photo was indeed taken at 5.20pm!

A sundial (probably this one) is shown on a map dated 1894 in exactly the location of our sundial. We have a photograph c1940 of exactly this sundial in its present location.

 

Latest: Dennis Cowan contacted me suggesting that the sundial may be linked to Naughton House, just outside Balmerino Village. There is a possibility that the initials I and W could refer to Isabel Morison and William Bethune, owners of Naughton House in the late 18th century. The plot thickens!

 

Thanks to Walter Pedriali we now know the inscription: PEREUNT ET IMPUTANTUR They (the hours) are consumed, and will be charged to our account.

 

A nice web page dealing with this is http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~simmers/06editor.htm

 

Another interesting page dealing with sundials is http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/adsdata/PSAS_2002/pdf/vol_024/24_161_281.pdf

 

If you can offer any insight as to the history of this sundial, or an interpretation, we would be most grateful to hear from you:

 

j u l i e a n d l a n c e @ b a l m e r i n o . i n f o

 

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