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From Bathgate Church, West Lothian

Postcard of Church sand glass used for timing sermons.
© National Museums Scotland

Church sand glass used for timing sermons

This church sand glass is from Bathgate Church in West Lothian. The wrought iron stand is from St. Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh and dates from the late 17th century.

Church sand-glass, from Bathgate Church

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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Online ID: 000-100-000-404-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 40
Date: 18th - 19th century
Late 17th century
Sand glass: Between 17th and 19th century; Stand: Late 17th century
Material: Wrought iron
Dimensions: 180 mm H x 88 mm Dia
435 mm H x 220 mm W
What: Sand glass, church
Stand, sand glass
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, St Cuthbert's Church
Scotland, West Lothian, Bathgate Church
Description: Wrought iron stand for the hour glass from St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh, late 17th century
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