Longcase clock in mahogany c.1800 by Adam Cockburn of Haddington, Scotland.

Hand painted 

A maker known to have worked there between 1804 and 1843, when he is believed to have moved t Canada. 

Adam Cockburn, watchmaker, will be recollected by old Haddingtonians. He was a bit of a poet, and a queer customer. He wrote a number of verses, and presented them in manuscript to the Incorporation of Hammermen, of which he was long a member, when he went to Canada, forty years ago, where he died. The manuscript has been lost. Some scraps of his verses are still remembered. He never stayed long in one shop, but was always shifting. He wrote thus—

“See Adie Cockburn shifts again,
His work and toil are all in vain;
What’s made in eident sitting
Is lost in constant flitting;
Soon baker’s warm and smoking batches
Will take the place of Cockburn’s watches.”

Cockburn offered a certain half-pay officer in the town by saying he was

“Pensioned at a warrior’s rate,
A burden on the State.”

A prosecution was threatened, when the following lines appeared:—

“O Willie man, ye’re fond of law,
As ye are fond of butter,
About the words that Cockburn penned
Ye made an unco splutter.”

Adam once went down to Gullane, &c., to clean clocks, accompanied with "Pottie” Knox, a glazier, to mend “lozens.” They both got “gay fou” at Gullane, and taking a near cut across Peffer, they fell into it, and got well drenched. Adam on the moment recited the following lines:—

“On Peffer’s banks we sat and wept,
As Haddington we thought on;
Our dripping garments we did hing
The willow trees upon.”

Longcase clock in mahogany c.1800 by Adam Cockburn of Haddington, Scotland.



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