Telescope (detail)

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made in Jedburgh, Borders

Postcard of Telescope (detail).
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Telescope (detail)

This is a detail of a telescope made at Jedburgh in the Borders around 1820 by James Veitch. The telescope was probably made for Admiral Sir George Elliot, second son of Veitch's patron, second son of one of Veitch's patrons, the first Earl of Minto.

The detail shows the maker's signature engraved on the brass band at the lower end of the reflecting telescope's barrel. It reads 'JAMES VEITCH / INCHBONNY 1820'.

Telescopes were James Veitch's main line in instrument making, although he did construct microscopes, barometers and other philosophical apparatus.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-078-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1987.316
Date: Around 1820
c. 1820
Material: Brass, wood. Inscription: JAMES VEITCH / INCHBONNY 1820; Admiral Elliott
Dimensions: 1360 mm x 170 mm x 170 mm
What: Telescope, reflecting, Gregorian
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Admiral Elliott (Inscribed on the telescope)
James Veitch, Jedburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Jedburgh
Description: Five-inch Gregorian reflecting telescope by James Veitch of Jedburgh, c. 1820
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. pp 20,23 
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