FP100: No. 84

Kellie Castle sundial
Kellie Castle sundial

Kellie Castle sundial

Tucked away in the walled garden at Kellie Castle, you will find a spherical armillary sundial.

There is also a second sundial, an old cube dial , on top of the doocot.

The sundial was presented by the Edinburgh Astronomical Society to the artist who created it, John Lorimer, then a resident at Kellie Castle, in the early 1900s.

Kellie Castle dates back to the 14th century and is surrounded by a stunning late Victorian garden.

In the 1870s it was discovered during a family holiday by James Lorimer, Professor of Law at Edinburgh University at the time.

The Lorimer family moved into what was effectively a ruin in September 1878.

Lorimer had agreed a 38 year lease with the Earl of Mar under which the Earl would carry out external repairs and Lorimer would restore the castle interior.

The layout of the walled garden, where the sundial can be found, is 17th century with late Victorian additions.

It contains a vast collection of old-fashioned roses, fruit trees and herbaceous plants which surround the large sundial.