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Aberdeen, Castle Street, Municipal Buildings, County and Municipal Buildings. Detail of sundial on exterior of Municipal Buildings, bearing legend 'Ut umbra sic fugit vita'.

SC 337101

Description Aberdeen, Castle Street, Municipal Buildings, County and Municipal Buildings. Detail of sundial on exterior of Municipal Buildings, bearing legend 'Ut umbra sic fugit vita'.

Catalogue Number SC 337101

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 45439 PO

Scope and Content Sundial on tower of Aberdeen Tolbooth, City of Aberdeen Aberdeen Tolbooth was built in the 17th century and modified during the next three centuries along with the surrounding buildings. Only the tower or 'wardhouse' survives from the original building. The sundial set into the south front of the 'wardhouse' bears a Latin motto meaning, 'As flies the shadow, so does life'. It may date from 1733-4 when payment was made 'for a fine peuther dial and for cutting, calculating, painting and gilding the same.' Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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