Click to preview The Ancient Sundials of Scotland photo book

Dennis had no interest in sundials until a few years ago when he visited Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff. Whilst there he saw the wonderful 400 year old obelisk sundial by John Mylne which has 76 separate dials. He didn't know that sundials like that existed and he was hooked.

Since then, using a book by Thomas Ross from 1890, he has set about to discover the whereabouts and to photograph Scotland's ancient sundials.

It has not been easy. Many of the sundial locations were not sufficiently identifed, many have been moved to new locations and many more are missing.

He still has a long way to go.

This book contains nearly 200 colour photos of the sundials that he has located so far and many of these sundials are of styles that are unique to Scotland.


About the Author

Dennis Cowan
denniscowan Scotland

Publish Date  April 04, 2011

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  120 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  Arts & Photography

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denniscowan says

Review by the British Sundial Society
"This is a beautiful picture book - with little text - illustrating Dennis' wanderings across Scotland in the footsteps of Thomas Ross who published in 1890 and Andrew Summerville who published in 1990.

The result is a stunning set of photos covering some 56 dials, shown in both setting and detail, many in private hands or otherwise lost.

Scotland's Enlightenment followed a different path to that of England. While intellectual thought, art and science in the latter looked largely south, Scotland looked to the Calvinist world and in particular to the Netherlands. This resulted in a Scottish flowering of 17th & 18th C dials celebrating technological craft and artistic understanding, that is in part unique and in part unfamiliar to the rest of Britain.

The book is divided into sections covering Obelisk, Lectern, Multi-facteted, Mercat Cross and Globe Dials - together with the more familiar Church and House Dials. Anyone who has an interest in the history of dialling, or who has not had the luxury of seeing some of Scotland's finest, should seriously consider acquiring this book.

It is hoped that Dennis will continue his wanderings and prepare Volume II. I now hope for a BSS Sundial Safari north of the Border...

posted at 08:14am Aug 31 PST


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