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From the Old Church, Muthill, Perthshire

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This church hour glass with wooden stand is from the pulpit of the old church at Muthill in Perthshire. It dates from the 18th century.

Hour-glass in a wooden stand, from the pulpit of the old church, Muthill, Perthshire

The preaching of God's word was central to Presbyterian worship. During the course of a Sunday the minister might preach three separate sermons, at great length and without notes, timing himself with an hour glass.

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