Sites and Monument Record: Airth Castle Sundial (SMR 172)

This sundial used to stand on the terraces to the S of the castle. It comprised of a head 1 ft 4 ins square by 1 ft 9 in high, and a modern base, the whole standing 3 ft 5 in high. The head bore floral ornamentation below and a cherub's head at each of its upper corners; it has been dialled on all four faces, but the E and W faces also bore longitudinal grooves suggesting that the head had been used as a cheese-press at one time. The S face bears, at the top, the date 1690; the N one, below the dialling, a shield charged, for Elphinstone: A chevron between three boars' heads erased. The shield is encircled by the motto FLORET QUI VIGILAT (He flourishes who watches), and at the top was the further motto SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI (Thus passes the glory of this world). On the top of the head was a square brass dial bearing the sun's face and the motto HORA FUGIT (Time flies).
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