The Friends of Inverleith Park take great pride in their large popular park in the City of Edinburgh. There is a sundial garden and a historic sundial monument.
The sundial was presented by Councillor Kinloch Anderson to stand in what was then a new public park in 1890. This was an imaginative gesture for its day. The people enjoying the park did not look at a wristwatch to tell the time, because these commonplace devices were not invented until much later after the First World War. Instead, the sundial, which is like a four-faced clock tower, stood in place of a public clock. Now, after a century and a quarter since it was built the sundial is showing its age and the gnomon is missing.The inscription on the sundial reads as follows:- "SO PASSES LIFE ALAS HOW SWIFT". There are timely plans for conservation work to extend its life, encouraged by the present day Kinloch Anderson family, starting in 2018.