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The Cumbernauld Sundial

Built before the house, and now situated in the front of the house, the Cumbernauld Sundial. Itself a ‘B’ listed monument has not always stood where it is today.

It was once placed in the rose garden of the house when it was a private dwelling. This garden was then turned into a car park and the sundial was moved to the rear of the house by the CDC when they had control of the house as you can see in our photo to the left.

Hugo Millar in his History of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (1980) believes that this was most likely a wedding present given when the Wigtons were at Biggar and was moved to the house when it was ready for occupation.The Sundial today

Just recently with the refurbishment and conversion of the house the Sundial has been moved back to it’s original location at the front of the house as part of the new Partierre garden.

Interestingly the initials on the sundial differ from those on the back of Cumbernauld House despite them both coming from the same Earl.  The Sundial has the initials of the Earl’s first wife and the house is carved with those of his second.  There is speculation that the divorce from wife number 1 was the reason that the second wing of Cumbernauld House was never built as the earl lost so much in the settlement!

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