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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Group Category Details: A - See Notes
  • Date Added: 23/04/1990


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Balmaghie

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNX 67584 69806
  • Coordinates267584, 569806


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 Special 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.



HKF Gatty and Eleanor Lloyd: "THE BOOK OF SUNDIALS".

MacGibbon and Ross C and D vol V p. 434 for Ladyland Dial.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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