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Lord Kelvin’s Sundial

Lord Kelvin's Sundial

The Terrestrial Globe, more commonly known as ‘Lord Kelvin’s Sundial’, sits at the South Front of the University’s Main Building. The globe has five sundials attached to it, with the main sundial at the top and four smaller ones on globe, pointing North, South, East and West (two of which are visible in the photo).

Believed to have been the work of Lord Kelvin himself (or by his father, James Thompson, who was the Professor of Mathematics at the University from 1832 to 1849), the sundial came from an estate in Bearsden, bequethed to the University in 1964 and erected in 1971.

Regardless of who’s work it is, the sundial is older than the building it sits in the shadow of.

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