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George Blackie

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Maker of chronometers

1813 Born in Inveresk, Scotland, son of George Blackie, Watch maker, and his wife Elizabeth (nee Cuming).

1849 Chronometer maker, married Ellen Brown (born c. 1828) in Islington[1]

1858 Made an auxiliary compensation to a balance for a chronometer which allowed him to win trials at Greenwich Observatory[2]

1861 Chronometer maker, living in Clerkenwell, with his wife and 4 children[3]

1881 Watchmaker-Finisher. Living in Islington, London, with 2 sons and 2 daughters[4]

1884 Granted Freedom of the City of London [5]

1885 Died in Islington[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Ancestry [1]
  2. Quote from "A treatise on watch-work, past and present By Henry Leonard Nelthropp" 1873, on [2]
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1881 census
  5. Ancestry [3]
  6. BMD