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The Argory, built in 1819-24 by Walter MacGeough Bond, is now a National Trust property.

There is an octagonal brass dial in excellent condition located in the rose garden.
The dial is recessed into the 100mm thick damaged but repaired, circular capital top of a sandstone pillar, which has an 860mm by 275mm diam fluted shaft on a 200mm high by 400mm diameter plinth, all sitting on a 1275mm square by 120mm high base of four flag stones.
There is a circular inscription in the stone between the dial and the edge of the capital, in a curious mixture of capital and small letters
"~HERE Reader.Mark_THE silent steps of never-standing TIME  E.B."
It is thought that E.B. could be one of Walter's sons, Edward Bond 1842-1891

The dial measures 355mm across the flats of the octagonal plate and bears the Bond Armorial Shield with their motto "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit" which translates "No one provokes me with impunity". Made by "Lynch & Son Dublin ", "1820" There is an Equation of Time table in the form of four concentric rings "sun too fast sun too slow", "Jan Feb ..." days "10, 20 30 or 31" as appropriate and minute marks. An 8 point compass rose "N" "NE" "E" etc. Shows 4a.m. to 8p.m. in 30, 10, 5 and 1 min divisions. The minute ring is marked "60 15 30 45 60 15 .." repeating. The half hour is marked by fleur-de-lys, the hours in Roman numerals, four as IIII. It has a split noon to compensate for the pierced 20mm thick by 245mm high gnomon.There are 38 lines on the dial plate to indicate noon in distant places, from Batavia in the east to California in the west. Each line is labelled with the name of the appropriate place.

See "Botanic Gardens" Co.Dublin and "Rowallane" Co. Down for other Lynch dials

British Sundial Society SR No 5608

Located on the Derrycaw Rd, 6.5km from Moy and 5 km south from exit 14 on the M1.

Lat 55° 28' North   Long 6° 39' West

Irish Grid     H   287100   358130

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