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Carluke Clocks

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Carluke has a history of clockmakers dating back to the 18th century, made by local men such as Snell, G Smith, J Graham, G Millar and Richard Ridland.

We are preparing a story on each maker and we would like to hear from anyone who has a photograph and provenance of any clock made in Carluke.

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A Carluke clock by Safely
Carluke clock by J.Peat
Carluke clock by Robert Lyon
Carluke Clock by R. Cringan c.1860

Peat clock in Dunedin NZ

Purdie & Safely

Covenanter Clock (John Graham), found in Kirkaldy
I inherited this clock from my mother (b 1918) who inherited it from her aunt in the early 1950's. I had it restored recently and until then did not know that it was made in Carluke by John Purdie (in about 1830, according to the restorer). Part of the restoration process included using UV light to highlight faded writing on the face, then restoring that. It bears "The Farmer's Arms" at the top of the face, with the motto "Speed the Plough" and in the corners are representations of England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales as classical goddess figures. It stands in the dining room of my home in Surrey (I was born and raised in Ayr) and keeps good time.  

Clock by G.P. Train
Jas.Wyseman Clock, Lesmahagow
Purdie Clock

Click on the above images for larger detail. As we receive new pictures from our readers we will add them.

To be continued...

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