FP100: No. 87

St Andrews sundial
St Andrews sundial

St Andrews sundial

There are numerous sundials around St Andrews - indeed, on trail round the town identifies seven. But one of the most interesting is in South Street.

Set above a doorway is a stone cube dial with three faces surmounted with a head, above a doorway with the name John Gillespie 
inscribed on the facing 

This house once belonged to Professor Adam Ferguson, one of the Enlightenment’s great figures. A professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, his activities also included farming, diplomacy, mathematics and the church - as an army chaplain.

It was at his house in Edinburgh that Scottish poet and writer Robert Burns and Walter Scott met for the first and only time, when Scott was an adolescent.

The Professor eventually retired back to St Andrews to the South Street house.