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David Ramsay, the King’s Chief Clockmaker

13th January 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Our warm thanks to James Ritchie Clockmakers for proudly sponsoring the event.

The lecture will be given by Dr Tacye Phillipson (National Museums Scotland) and Dr John C. Taylor OBE (horologist and inventor), and delivered in conjunction with the National Museums Scotland.

Dr Phillipson will provide an overview of the variety and development of clockwork during the 17th century. Dr Taylor will uncover the innovation of Scottish watchmaker, David Ramsay (c1585-1660), Chief Clockmaker to King James I and first master of the Worshipful Clockmakers Company London (1632).

As the first event of 2020 for the Society the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception – a good opportunity for newly elected Fellows to meet current Fellows, Staff and Trustees, and a nice way for everyone to welcome newly elected Fellows to the Society.

James Ritchie Clockmakers commenced business in 1809 where they developed as leading clock and watchmakers in Edinburgh, famously pioneering electrical horology and collaborating with astronomer royal Charles Piazzi Smyth in creating the mechanisms for the one o’clock gun and time ball on Calton Hill. Today they act as specialists in the restoration, conservation and repair of antique clocks.



13th January 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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