Scotland had a thriving industry in clock and watchmaking and the library has some books that can explain the history of this profession, as well as biographical information on those who were involved in it. Some titles in our collection cover the whole of Scotland, including John Smith’s ‘Old Scottish Clockmakers, from 1453 to 1850′ (1975), Donald Whyte’s ‘Clockmakers and watchmakers of Scotland, 1453-1900′ (2005) and Felix Hudson’s ‘Scottish Clockmakers (A Brief History – up to 1900)’, (1984).
Other publications concentrate on specific areas of Scotland, including ‘Old Stirling Clockmakers (including those in St Ninians) up to 1900′ by Charles Allan (1990) and ‘Dunfermline clockmakers up to 1900′ by Jean & Martin Norgate & Felix Hudson (1982). Donald Whyte has also produced a series of pamphlets of clock and watchmakers for different areas of Scotland: these include South West Scotland (1576-1900), the Scottish Highlands (1780-1900), the Scottish Borders (1556-1900), Edinburgh and the Lothians (1539-1900), Tay Valley (1554-1900), Central Scotland (1537-1900), Glasgow and the West of Scotland (1603-1900) and Aberdeen and North East Scotland (1453-1900).
Many of these books include photographs of examples of different craftsmen’s work. One title that focusses on a specific type of clock is Felix Hudson’s ‘Scottish Longcase Clocks 178-1870′ (1981). This pamphlet has chapters on painted and engraved dials, with photographs, as well as providing a history of the Scottish longcase or grandfather clock.