Moses sundial on John Knox House. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Mid Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe.
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Dimensions:3627 x 5100 px | 30.7 x 43.2 cm | 12.1 x 17 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:27 July 2012
Location:John Knox House. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Mid Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe.
Thomas HamiltonJohn Knox's House projects out from the Royal Mile (High Street) (Edinburgh) and dates from the early 16th Century The original two storeys were heightened possibly as early as 1525, or possibly after the Earl of Hertford burned the city in 1544. By 1847, the house was in a ruinous state, and was on the point of being condemned when it was saved at the insistence of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on the basis of it having been the home of leader of the Reformation John Knox (c.1513-72). Whether he actually lived here is doubtful, but he would certainly have lived nearby. A major and expensive restoration was undertaken between 1850-3, with some of the work by architect Thomas Hamilton (1784 - 1858). A fine sundial, incorporating a figure of Moses pointing to the sun partially hidden in the clouds, can be found on the wall above the street. The inside is highly decorated, including fine tempera work and tiled chimney-pieces Today, John Knox's House is run by the Church of Scotland and relics of the Reformation and Knox are on view. It also includes the offices of their Society, Religion and Technology project, set up in 1970, who have carried out pioneering work in the ethics of technology.