There are no sub­stan­tive ar­chae­o­log­i­cal con­cerns

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In its re­sponse to the ap­pli­ca­tion, the West of Scot­land Ar­chae­ol­ogy Ser­vice states: ‘Both the walled gar­den to the south-east of the cas­tle and the sun­dial that sits within it are also A-listed.

‘A carved stone at the en­trance to the gar­den in­di­cates that it was con­structed in 1710, when it was built for Duchess Anne of Mon­trose as a kitchen gar­den. It later served as a tree nurs­ery, and was laid out as a pleasure gar­den in the mid19th cen­tury at the same time as the ear­lier 19th cen­tury ex­ten­sion to the cas­tle was built.

‘A pho­to­graph of circa 1900 shows a pav­il­ion on the site now oc­cu­pied by the sun­dial. The sun­dial is a com­pos­ite piece con­sist­ing of an 18th cen­tury balus­ter, with a spe­cially-made plinth and 19th or 20th cen­tury brass dial. It was pur­chased in 1908, at the time the new rose gar­den was sunk.

‘From this, it is ap­par­ent that the sun­dial does not rep­re­sent an orig­i­nal fea­ture of the gar­den, and in­deed has only been in place since the early 20th cen­tury. It is also the case that the gar­den as a whole has been re­cast a num­ber of times dur­ing the course of its ex­is­tence, and is likely to have been sub­ject to fairly ex­ten­sive lev­els of ground dis­tur­bance.

‘This will have re­duced the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant sub-sur­face ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ma­te­rial to be present. In ad­di­tion, resur­fac­ing the area around the sun­dial is un­likely to re­quire ex­ca­va­tion to a sig­nif­i­cant depth. As a re­sult of these fac­tors, I would not con­sider the cur­rent ap­pli­ca­tion to raise a sub­stan­tive ar­chae­o­log­i­cal is­sue.’

A close up im­age of pro­posed sun­dial works.

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