Scottish Sundials History

The pinnacle of dialing in Scotland was the 17th and 18th centuries. The period of the late Scottish renaissance and the flowering of the enlightenment.

For the first time in hundreds of years Scotland was sufficiently stable and prosperous for palaces, mansion houses and decorative castles to be built. They took advantage of the atmosphere of displaying learning in their decoration and in the process created an extraordinary range of elaborate sundials.

The dials seem to have been rarely created for accuracy of time keeping instead seeming to be objects of high fashion and demonstrative of culture and education. Unfortunately there are no contemporary sources explaining their precise meaning and so we can only hypothesize.