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the image in my mind's eye of the old snuffy dominie
with his scratch wig of penurious locks, and long-backed,
broad-skirted blue coat, but I am not a Harvey or a
Macduffor a Wilkie else I should exorcise that clock
and make its professor the pedagogue stand forth in
black and white. After 12 I shall have peace for 4 or
5 hours, but then my trials will begin again anew.

" How the evening is to be got thus I cannot tell.
Hark is that the warning of Ringan let me fly."

SOMERVILLE, ROBERT. Glasgow, 1798-1804.
SPARK, WILLIAM. Marischal Street, Aberdeen, 1820.
SPEED, GEORGE. Dundee, 1749.

SPINK, . Elgin subsequent to 1820.

SPENCE, HUGH. Gordon Street, Huntly, 1837.
SPENCE, JOHN. South End, Stromness, Orkney, 1836.
SPENCE, ROBERT. Dysart, Fife, 1780.
SPENCE, THOMAS. Dysart, Fife, 1780.
SPENS, JAMES. Edinburgh, 1808.

Apprenticed to John Picken, 3Oth April 1808.
SPITTAL, JAMES. Glasgow, 1793.



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SPRUNT, DAVID. 41 George Street, Perth, 1848.
STEEL, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1810.

Apprenticed to Robert Green, 3rd November 1810.
STEEL, PETER. Perth, 1792.

Apprenticed to James Young, 1792.
STEEL, THOMAS. Edinburgh, 1784.

Apprenticed to John Macpherson, 2Oth July 1784.
STEEL, THOMAS. High Street, Kirkintilloch, 1837.
STEEL, WILLIAM. Glasgow, 1 8 1 8.

STEELE, ALEXANDER. 6 South St Andrew Street,
Edinburgh, 1799.

" A. Steele, late partner of the company of Scott &
Steele, Clock and Watch Makers, Princes Street, Edin-
burgh, begs leave to inform the public that he carries on
the Clock and Watch Making trade in all its branches,
for his own behoof, at his shop No. 6 St Andrew Street.
A. Steele, from his long and constant employment in
the repairing of watches of every description, both while
he managed as partner and while he acted under the
late Mr Scott as journeyman, has acquired such
proficiency in the trade that he trusts he will give full
satisfaction to those who shall be pleased to favour him
with their employment." Edinburgh Evening Courant,
8th August 1799.

STEELE, ALEXANDER. 13 Princes Street, Edinburgh,
1800.

STEELE, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1802.

Apprenticed to Robert Hinmers, 2nd November
1802.

STEELL, ALEXANDER. Edinburgh, 1795.
STEINSONE, ROBERT. Glasgow, 1690.
STEPHEN, JAMES. Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire, 1837.

STEVENSON, ADAM. Dunfermline, 1723-52. See notes
on Dunfermline Town Clocks, page 128.

STEVENSON, ALEXANDER. Edinburgh, 1779-86.

" Bound apprentice to James Cowan, 2nd April
1779. The Incorporation directs him to finish his

2 A



370 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

indentures with Thomas Reid, I7th September 1785.
Discharged of his indentures, 6th May 1786."
E. H. Records.

STEVENSON, DAVID. Kilmarnock ; died 1 3th January

1786.
STEVENSON, WILLIAM HART. Edinburgh, 1766-81.

" Booked apprentice to Normond Macpherson, 3Oth
May 1766. Discharged of his indentures 23rd
September 1773. Petitioned that the Incorporation
authorise the treasurer to repay him nine pounds
sterling, which he had paid as the first half of his
entry money, having now laid aside all thoughts of
becoming a freeman upon a proper discharge."
E. H. Records.

STEWART, ALEXANDER. Edinburgh, 1722.

" Son to ye deceasit Mr James Stewart of Tugrey ;
booked apprentice to Patrick Gordon, 3rd February
1722."

STEWART, ALEXANDER BAIKIE. Kirkwall, Orkney,



STEWART, ALLAN & ROBERT. 162 Trongate, Glasgow,



STEWART, CHARLES. Brown Street, Blairgowrie, 1836.

STEWART, CHARLES. Edinburgh, 1766.

Apprenticed to William Downie, nth July 1766.

STEWART, FRANCIS. High Street, Brechin, 1837.

STEWART, GEORGE. Perth, 1765.

Apprenticed to William Young, 26th February 1765.

STEWART, JAMES. Trongate, Glasgow, 1778-99.

" Lost last week in Glasgow, a silver watch, maker's
name E. Steel, Whitehaven, without any number, with
a gold seal and Saracen's Head as crest. Whoever will
return it to James Stewart, Trongate, Glasgow, shall be
handsomely rewarded." Glasgow Courier^ i6th February
I797-
STEWART, JOHN. Auchterarder, 1837.



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STEWART, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1772.

Apprenticed to John Skirving, nth November
1772.
STEWART, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1771.

Booked apprentice to William Downie, 9th April



STEWART, JOHN. Dunbar, 1792.

STEWART, ROBERT. Allan Street, Blairgowrie, 1836.

STEWART, ROBERT. Trongate, Glasgow, 1841.

STEWART, THOMAS. Auchterarder, 1798.

STIEL or STEILL, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1741-55.

"Lawful son to Archibald Stiel, late schoolmaster
at Kilbirnie ; booked apprentice to John Brown, watch-
maker, 2nd May 1741. Presented a bill for being
admitted a watchmaker in right of his service, 5th
November 1748. Compeared on 6th May 1749 and
presented his essay, being a plain eight-day clock.
His essay masters were George Aitken, Archibald
Straiten, and William Nicoll. His essay was made in
his own shop, John Brown, landlord." E. H. Records.

"Lost between Bonnington Mills and the city a
small sized silver watch with a green silk string, the
maker's name Lemoyne, London, number forgot. Who-
ever has found it or knows anything of it will be so
good as to acquaint John Stiel, watchmaker in Edin-
burgh, who will handsomely reward you." Edinburgh
Evening Courant, 22nd March 1750.

" Lost between Leith and Edinburgh a silver watch,
maker's name Tobe Garrison, Ipswich. The watch
had a silver seal with a red ribbon. Whoever has
found the same by delivering it to John Stiel, watch-
maker, opposite to the Cross, Edinburgh, shall be
handsomely rewarded." Caledonian Mercury, loth
October 1752.

"Margaret Boswell or Steill, wife of John Steill,
watchmaker, married 3rd June 1750, in Edinburgh,
served Heir of Provision General to her father, Alex-
ander Boswell, painter there, dated i6th July 1752.
Recorded I4th November 1752." Services of Heirs.



372 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

STILL, WILLIAM. 44 Gelleymill Street, Aberdeen, 1846.

STIRLING, ROBERT. 9 Baker Street, Stirling, 1820-60.

STIRLING Notices regarding the Common Clock of the
Burgh of, from 1519 to 1548.

i$th February 1519. Johne Bully, presented in
presence of the provost and baillies an instrument of
Sir Alexander Fressall hand (writing), the quilk
proportit and bare in the selfe the donation and
gift of the parocht (parish) clerkship and the keeping
of the Knok for all the days of his lifetime as he
allegit."

I'jth January 1520. "Johne Bully protested that
the provost, baillies nor council of this said burgh should
not be displeased at him quhowbeit he called them
and pursued them before another judge for the wrong-
ful holding of his fee for keeping of the Knok as he
allegit, nor that it should hurt him or his freedom
by any ways. The saidis Provest, baillies, and council
being present for the time required the said Johne
Bully to show an attested document of the gift of
the keeping of their Knok and what he should have
therefore and he should be answerit."

6th May 1521. "David Crag, treasurer of the said
burgh for the time, required at the provost, baillies,
council, and community being present for the
time if they thought it expedient to sustain the pleas
of their rights, touching the summons made upon them
by Master William Hamiltoun, vicar of the said burgh,
and Johne Bully, parish clerk, anent four acres of
land of the burgh meadows of the common of the
said burgh claimed by the said vicar to pertain to
him and his successors, and anent a certain money
claim by the said Johne to be uplane yearly of the
common good for the keep of the Knok, as he
allegit, which is depandand the law before the
official of Loudean ; and the said provest, baillies, and
council being advised all in a voice concluded that they
would sustain the plea and defend the said actions,
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by the said vicar and clerk was unjust and that they
had no title to the said acres or money."

gth August 1521. "Johne Bully of his own free-
will, in presence of the said provost and baillies in the
said fenced court, has renounced freely and given over
the keeping of the Knok of the Reid Kirk, and never
to claim any right to the same and the guid toun
to dispose of the same as they think most expedient."

8t/i January 1546. "David Forester of Garden,
provost of the burgh of Striveling, with advice of the
baillies and council thereof, has condusit and feit
William Purves, Knokmakair, to renew and repair the
auld Knok of the said burgh, making all manner
of graith thereof new forged, that is necessary to
be made new, and the remnant that is sufficient to be
repaired as efferis so that the said knok be also
substantial, also just, keeping also good course, also
permanent in rule and course, as any knok of her
quantitie within this realm does, and, in like manner,
shall make and repair of new graith ane orlege and
moon with all necessaries thereof, keeping just course
from xij hours to xij hours, as well night as day, and
just change of the moon yearly throughout as efferis
with one board of eistland burde painted with
gold and oil colours of v quarters broad and a
half and vj quarters long, with all circumstances
and reparations necessary, to be completed betwixt
the date hereof and the feast of Whitsunday next to
come, for the quilk the said provost shall content and
pay to the said William the sum of xxxv lib. money
of this realm, thereof x lib. at his first entering to
his labours, and other x lib. at the perfection of the
said Knok, set up at all point and repaired, and the
remanent xv lib. at the completing of the hale wark
in manner above expremit."

2^th April 1548. " William Purves, Knokmakair,
granted him to have received by the hands of Alexander
Watson, one of the baillies of the burgh of Striveling
the sum of ten pounds in hale and complete payment
of all sums that he may ask or crave for his labours



374 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

of knok and moon making and all other labours to this
hour, and quit claims and discharges the town and all
others whom it efferis for ever, and shall warrant his
work sufficient conform to his contract before contained
in this book."

^rd December 1548. "The provost and baillies
ordain xls. to be given to Wilyem Kerslaw for keeping
of the Knok in the year of the common good." Records
of the Burgh of Stirling.

STODDART, GEORGE. Goosedub, Edinburgh, 1793; n
Buccleuch Street, 1822.

STODDART, JAMES. Edinburgh, 1750.

" Bound apprentice to James Geddes, i ith May 1750.
Impowered the Deacon to commune with the widow
of James Geddes, watchmaker, and with her consent to
transfer James Stoddart, his late apprentice, to Robert
Clidsdale, watch and clock maker, for the space yet to
run of the indentures." E. H. Records.

STODDART, JOHN. Canongate, Edinburgh, 1761.
Apprenticed to George Monro.

STODDART, ROBERT. Edinburgh, 1787.

Bound apprentice to Alexander Dickie.

STRACHAN, ANDREW. A Scotsman practising in London,
1691.

STRAUCHAN, THOMAS. Canongate, Edinburgh, about
1701.

STRAITON, ARCHIBALD. Edinburgh, 1726-59.

"Son to Charles Straiton, residenter at Claret-Hall ;
booked apprentice to Alexander Brownlee, clockmaker,
I ith February 1726.

" Presented his bill craving to be admitted a freeman
watchmaker, which was received accordingly. He paid
the treasurer five pounds sterling as the half of his upset
and the Maiden Hospital dues 3 1st March 1739. Married
Isobel Gifford, I9th December 1739.

" Compeared on I3th September 1739 and presented



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his essay, viz., ane eight-day clock, which was found a
well-wrought essay, etc., and therefore they admit him
to be a freeman watchmaker among them. His essay
masters were William Richardson, Patrick Gordon, and
Andrew Dickie. His essay was made in Hugh Barclay's
shop." E. H. Records.

" There was found on Thursday last a piece of gold
and a pair of steel buckles. Any person who can instruct
the property may have them returned on paying the
charges and satisfying the finder. Enquire for Archibald
Straiton, watchmaker in Edinburgh." Caledonian
Mercury -, i6th December 1745.

See also note on Robert Foot.

STRAITON, DAVID. Montrose, 1820-37.

STRANG, JAMES. Glasgow, 1834.

STUART, ALEXANDER. High Street, Kirkwall, 1836.

STURROCK, WILLIAM. 12 St Andrew Square, Edin-
burgh, 1855. See pages 25-26.

STRANG, ROBERT. Alloa, 1842-89.

" Robert Strang, Watch and Clock Maker, begs leave
respectfully to inform the inhabitants of Alloa and its
vicinity that he is about to open that shop in Mar Street,
lately possessed by Mr Gibson, Bookseller, with a new
and well selected stock of every article in the above line,
when with extreme lowness of charges and the strictest
attention to business he hopes to obtain a liberal share
of public patronage." Alloa Monthly Advertiser, 5th
November 1842.

SUTHERLAND, DAVID. Leith, 1775.
SUTHERLAND, DAVID. Keith, 1805.
SUTHERLAND, GEORGE. Stonehaven, 1830.
SUTHERLAND, GEORGE. Elgin; admitted freeman,

1803-37.
SUTHERLAND, GEORGE. Elgin.

Son of the above; 1820.

SUTHERLAND, JAMES. Shambles Wynd, Forres, 1837.
SUTHERLAND, JOHN. 27 Marischal Street, Aberdeen,

1836.



376 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

SUTHERLAND, WILLIAM. Bank Street, Pulteney, Wick,

1837-
SUTOR, WILLIAM. Edinburgh, 1704-18.

"At MAGDALEN CHAPEL, list November 1704. The
whilk day, in presence of the haill incorporation, William
Sutor, son to ye deceast George Sutor, gardener in
Mountain-hall (probably Monkton Hall near Mussel-
burgh), is booked apprentice to Richard Alcorn, clock-
maker, who paid the boxmaster forty shillings of booking
money, forty shillings to the Maiden Hospital, and one
pound ten shillings for being five times absent, and other
dues."

24^/2 May 1712. " The which day, in presence of the
incorporation, after William Sutor's bill for being a
freeman clockmaker was read and received the said
William Sutor publicly declared that out of kindness to
the incorporation he would give 100 merks for the poor
of the incorporation, and desires his wife's name might
be set up in gold letters yairfor. To which the in-
corporation ordained to be done and give the said
William Sutor thanks for his kindness."

" Compeared on I4th February 1713 and presented
his essay, an eight-day pendulum clock and a lock to
the door with a key, which was found a well wrought
essay, etc. His essay masters were Richard Alcorn and
Thomas Drysdale ; his essay was made in Thomas
Gordon's shop. The boxmaster acknowledges that he
had received from William Sutor the 100 merks which
he promised to give to the poor of the Incorporation.
Appoints his name to be put up in gold letters 1 in the
way and manner he desires the same." E. H. Records.

SWAN, GEORGE. Edinburgh, 1789-1822.

Watch-case maker ; bound apprentice to Andrew
Milligan, 2nd April 1789.

SYM, . Edinburgh, 1773.

Bound apprentice to Samuel Brown, 4th March 1773.

1 This memorial tablet remains to this day in the Magdalen Chapel,
Cowgate, Edinburgh.



OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS 377

SYMINGTON, ANDREW. Kettle, Fife, 1834-45.

A man of considerable ability, as the following scant
notices show :

" KETTLE. A curious piece of machinery to measure
time has been invented by Mr Andrew Symington,
watchmaker here. This time-piece is more simple in its
construction than the common eight-day clock requires
only to be winded up once in twelve months and being
quite silent in its movements will be admirably adapted
for bedrooms. In this timepiece the pendulum and
scapement are done away with, and a simple but efficient
substitute is applied to the crown wheel as a detent,
which only allows it to revolve once in an hour, and has
quite a uniform motion without producing the smallest
vibration on the machinery. Another important part
of the discovery is a particular material for the pivots to
move in, which is quite free from any cohesive quality
and requires no oil, therefore avoiding the irregular
motion produced by the evaporation of the oil and other
causes. These are some of the advantages of this
ingenious piece of mechanism, but we are not at present
permitted to give a more particular description of it
as the inventor intends to secure it by patent. Mr
Symington is about to construct one to be sent to
London for the purpose of being exhibited there."
Edinburgh Evening Courant, 2nd June 1834.

"KETTLE. New Invention. Our ingenious towns-
man, A. Symington, has constructed a machine to make
reeds for the manufacture of cloth upon an entire new
principle invented by himself. The machine is in
operation at the house of James How, reedmaker here.
The accuracy with which it does the work renders it far
superior to any of the machines in use at present, and
the simplicity of the mechanism will admit of a consider-
able reduction in the price. Mr Symington intends to
send a drawing and description to the Society of Arts
that the trade in general may have the benefits of the
invention." Fifeshire Advertiser, 1835.

11 Drawing and description of a Pendulum Escapement

by Mr Andrew Symington, watchmaker, Kettle, Fife."

See Transactions of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts,
vol. i., nth January 1837.

Maker of new clock in Markinch Town Hall, 1840.



378 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

11 HYDRAULIC CLOCK BY MESSRS SYMINGTON &
TEMPLE. This important invention, being now
registered, according to the Act of Parliament, we are
at liberty to explain the principles on which the
Hydraulic Clock is constructed. Attached to the axis
of the crown wheel is a small bucket wheel on which the
propelling power, a single drop of water in a second,
acts. The action of a pendulum keeps the motion in
perfect regularity and the other machinery is of the most
simple description. It requires no winding up, and from
its great durability in the absence of friction it will be
attended with very little expense in keeping it in repair.
It exhibits time with the most perfect accuracy, and from
its elegant appearance it is beautifully adapted for
gentlemen's houses and public buildings.

" A clock fitted up in Falkland House, the residence
of O. T. Bruce, Esquire, by the inventors, Messrs
Symington and Temple, has kept time with the greatest
possible precision for the last nine months, and so highly
pleased has that gentleman been with it that he has
now got another fitted up in the hall of that princely
edifice." Edinburgh Evening Courant, 2Oth December
1845.

SYMSONE, JAMES. Dunfermline, 1773. See page 131.

See Turnbull & Symsone.
TAINSH, DAVID. Criefif, 1816.
TAIT, ARCHIBALD. Edinburgh, 1821.

Apprenticed to Robert Bryson, 6th November 1821.
TAIT, CHARLES. Peebles, 1836.
TAIT, DAVID. Canongate, Edinburgh, 1798.
TAIT, WILLIAM. Main Street, Wigtown, 1820-37.
TAYLOR, CHARLES. Kinross, 1836.
TAYLOR, JAMES. Strichen, 1799-1846.

"James Taylor, who died I2th November 1846, aged
90, was watchmaker in Strichen nearly 47 years ; born
in London but his ancestors belonged to the city of
Perth, where they were Hammermen and burgesses
time immemorial. Tradition says that Taylor's real
name was Douglas and that he had to leave London
during the political disturbances which took place there
towards the beginning of the present century. A



OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS 379

memorial stone was erected by his son Joseph Douglas,
Strichen, who died in 1851, aged 57 years." JERVISE'S
Epitaphs and Inscriptions.

TAYLOR, JAMES. Mormond, 1847.

"Charles Taylor, weaver, Kinross, served Heir of
Conquest General to his uncle, James Taylor, watch-
maker, Mormond, dated 28th July 1847. Recorded 6th
Augt. 1847." Services of Heirs.

TAYLOR, JAMES. Tillicoultry, 1837.

TAYLOR, JAMES. East Street, Doune, 1837.

TAYLOR, JOSEPH. Strichen, 1837.

TAYLOR, JOSEPH. Perth, 1774-90.

"Joseph Taylor, watchmaker in Perth, served Heir
General to his grandfather Joseph Taylor, Hammerman
there, dated 24 Deer. 1774." Services of Heirs.

TAYLOR, THOMAS. Kinross, 1836.

TAYLOR, WILLIAM. 96 High Street, Dumfries, 1817-23.
His wife, Mrs Janet Paul, only surviving sister of the
celebrated Paul Jones, died in 1817, aged 80 years.

TELFER, ALEXANDER. Aberdeen ; died in Antigua, 1805.
TELFER, ALEXANDER. Glasgow, 1770.

" Alexander Telfer, watchmaker in Glasgow, served
Heir General to his mother, Janet Morton or Telfer, 4
Septr. 1770." Services of Heirs.

TELFER, JOHN. Glasgow, 1752.

" George Stirling, served Heir of Provision General
to Margaret Telfer, daughter of John Telfer, watchmaker
in Glasgow, dated 2nd June 1815. Recorded 2oth June
1 8 15." Services of Heirs.

TELFER, SAMUEL. Glasgow, 1720.
TEMPLETON, DAVID. Maybole, 1850.
TEMPLETON, JAMES. Gorbals, Glasgow, 1818.
TEMPLETON, JOHN. 145 High Street, Ayr, 1836-50.
TEMPLETON, M. Strand Street, Beith, 1850.
TEMPLETON, ROBERT. 120 High Street, Ayr, 1850.
TEMPLETON, THOMAS. Dalmellington, 1837-50.



380 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

THEMAN, DAVID. Aberdeen, 1493. See note on Aber-
deen Town Clocks.

THIBOU, JACQUES. Edinburgh, 1695.

Booked journeyman to Paul Roumieu, 7th April
1695.

THOMPSON, ANDREW. Back Street, Campbeltown, 1836.
THOMSON, ALEXANDER. High Street, Kirkwall, 1836.

THOMSON, ALEXANDER. Canongate, Edinburgh, 1736.
Apprenticed to Thomas Hall, 1736.

THOMSON, ALEXANDER. Keith, Banffshire, 1807.
THOMSON, ANDREW. Brunswick Street, Glasgow, 1827-41.
THOMSON, ARCHIBALD. Hastie's Close, Edinburgh,

1794-

THOMSON, ARCHIBALD. Edinburgh, 1800-36. 15 North
Bridge and 64 Princes Street.

THOMSON, DAVID. Perth, 1733-44.

Apprenticed to John Thomson 1733; admitted freeman
into the Incorporation of Hammermen, Perth, 1737.

THOMSON, GEORGE. Edinburgh, 1734.
Apprenticed to James Nicoll, 1734.
THOMSON, GEORGE. Argyll Street, Glasgow, 1833.

THOMSON, GEORGE. Portland Street, Kilmarnock,
1820-37.

THOMSON, JAMES. Edinburgh, 1696.

Son to John Thomson, fermorar in Ogilvie, in the
parish of Blackford ; booked apprentice to Richard Mills,
2nd May 1696.

THOMSON, JAMES. Leslie, Fife, 1825,

THOMSON, JOHN. Leslie, Fife, 1789.

"John Thomson, watchmaker in Leslie ; served Heir
General to his father James Thomson, smith in Kettle,
dated 17 Augt. 1789. Recorded 16 Septr. 1789."
Services of Heirs.

THOMSON, JOHN. Broad Street, Stirling, 1836.



OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS 381

THOMSON, JOHN, sen., Leith, 1768.

THOMSON, JOHN. Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 1794-
1814.

THOMSON, JOHN. Edinburgh, 1811.

Apprenticed to James Clark, 1811.

THOMSON, JOHN. Perth, 1706-37.

"PERTH COUNCIL HOUSE, 30 Septr. 1706.-
Whilk day the Deacon and haill brethren of the
Hammermen calling of the said burgh being solemnly
convened anent the trade affairs, it was reported to
them by John Thomson, Clock and Watch Maker, that
although ye calling had formerly entered him to the
said airt gratis, in respect there was no other of that
profession in ye place, yet to avoid all doubt that may
hereafter arise betwixt any of the brethren and him by
upcasting of his gratis freedom or other ways, he was
content to give ye calling twenty-five pounds of compli-
ment and desired to be booked accordingly. Of the
vvhilk compliment ye calling accepted and ordained him
in their presence to be booked freeman to the said Clock
and Watch Maker airt, and haill liberties and priviledges
thereto belonging. Declaring ye said John Thomson
to be also free and brother in the said incorporation,
and to have also good right yairin and to what belongs
thereto as any of the other brethren whatsover had,
have, or heirtofore may enjoy." Perth Hammermen
Records (MSS.).

THOMSON, PETER NEILUS. Canongate, Edinburgh, 1756.
Apprenticed to George Monro.

THOMSON, ROBERT. Glasgow, 1788-1801.

" Lost on Friday night last, a silver watch with gold
hands, a steel chain and small silver seal, maker's name
John Milton, London, No. 7405. Any person having
found the same, by returning it to Robert Thomson,
watchmaker, High Street, Glasgow, shall be handsomely
rewarded." Glasgow Courier ; 26th March 1799.

THOMSON, ROBERT. Borrowstounness or Bo'ness, 1760-88.
See also note on Linlithgow Town Clock.



382 OLD SCOTTISH CLOCKMAKERS

" Stolen out of the Nether Hillhouse in the parish of
Torphichen and county of Linlithgow on the night
between the eleventh and twelfth of April, a watch,
maker's name Robert Thomson, Borrowstounness, No.
674. Whoever can give an account of the said watch
to the maker at Borrowstounness shall be handsomely
rewarded." Caledonian Mercury ', I7th April 1762.

" Elizabeth Davidson or Thomson, wife of Thos.
Davidson, weaver, London, served Heir General to
her father Robert Thomson, watchmaker, Bo'ness, dated
22nd March 1788. Recorded 4 April 1788." Services
of Heirs.



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