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From the Old Church, Muthill, Perthshire

Postcard of Hour glass.
© National Museums Scotland

Hour glass

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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Online ID: 000-100-000-473-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KJ 159
Date: 18th century
Material: Glass; wood stand
Dimensions: 168 mm H x 90 mm Dia
Subject: Ecclesiastical, miscellaneous, vestments (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Muthill (the old church)
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