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from Montrose, Angus

Postcard of Barometer.
© National Museums Scotland


This mahogany barometer was made around 1790, probably by William Robb, a clockmaker based in Montrose in Angus.

The angle barometer registers from 28 to 31 inches on the mercury-filled glass tube and has a movable brass index. The scale is signed 'Wm Robb Montrose'.

William Robb apparently came from a property-owning family and is recorded as a long-case clockmaker in Montrose between 1756 and 1808. He appears to have emigrated to America in 1777, but to have returned to Scotland by 1780.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-878-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1993.11
Date: Around 1790
c. 1790
Material: Wood, brass. Inscription: Wm Robb Montrose
Dimensions: 708 mm x 456 mm (to plate mark)
Who: William Robb (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Montrose
Scotland, Angus, Montrose
Description: Mahogany angle barometer registering from 28 to 31 inches, with moveable brass index; the silvered scale is signed "Wm Robb Montrose", Scottish, c. 1790
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