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Telescope (detail)

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made in Jedburgh, Borders

Telescope (detail)
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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 an area on one side of the reflecting telescope's octagonal wooden barrel where 'Admiral Elliott' has marked his name in ink.

James Veitch's interest in astronomy turned to instrument making, first for himself, and then he was gradually persuaded by his agricultural patrons to sell what he made to them. His main line was telescopes with metal mirrors.

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