One O'Clock Gun

Personalities behind The One o'clock Gun

Admiral Wauchope R.N.

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Captain Wauchope R.N. of Niddrie, Midlothian invented the time ball in 1819. It took ten years before his
invention was accepted by the Admiralty. Following the time ball's successful trial at Portsmouth the naval officer submitted his idea to the French and U.S. embassies in London. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of

Niddrie House, Edinburgh.

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Admiral Wauchope's headstone, St Andrews Church, Dacre, Penrith, Cumbria.Photograph courtesy of Walter
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