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Time Gun-Maps

For over 140 years, a cannon has has been fired from the ramparts of Edinburgh castle to signal the time at 1pm.

Time-Gun maps were published in 1861 and 1862 for the Post Office Directory by W & AK Johnston, Geographers and Engravers to the Queen.

These maps let the people of Edinburgh know the time taken for the sound of the one o'clock gun to travel from the gun at Edinburgh castle across Edinburgh.

 

Map  -  Heading

The heading on the 1861 map was:

Hislop's Time Gun Map of Edinburgh

Communicated by Mr Hewat, as prepared for the Time-Gun Subscripton Fund by Professor C Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland

The heading on the 1862 map was:

Hislop's Time Gun Map of Edinburgh

(The Gun, a large cannon in the Half-Moon Battery, at the Castle, is fired off at the precise instant of 1 o'clock PM, Greenwich Mean Time, daily, Sundays and holidays excepted, through the agency of electric influence from the Royal Observatory on the Calton Hill.)

Communicated by Mr Hewat, as prepared for the Time-Gun Subscripton Fund by Professor C Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland

The tradition of firing the 1 o'clock gun from Edinburgh Castle continues today.  Several different guns have been used over the past 140 years.   Some with a far more powerful charge than is used today.

The gun is also used several times each year to fire 21-gun salutes.

Map  -  Footnotes

At the foot of the 1861 Time-Gun map there was a note:

For every additional circle of distance from the Castel, subtract one second from the instant of the report of the "Time-Gun" to give the exact moment of
1 o'clock

At the foot of the 1862 Time-Gun map were two notes, including quite a long sentence of explanation for note 2.

1.  For every additional circle of distance at which the observer may be from the Castel, he should subtract one second, due to the measured rate at which sound travels, from the instant at which he hears the REPORT of the Time-Gun in order to obtain the exact moment of the fire; or, 1 o'clock.

2.  The FLASH of the Time-Gun's fire, whenever it can be seen, requires, owing to the immense velocity of light, no correction for any distance;  and is otherwise arranged by the manner in which the electricity is made to act, so as to occur true to the tick of the 60th second of the Regulated Normal Clock of the Royal Observatory on Calton Hill, both Summer and Winter, without the loss of the smallest appreciable fraction of a second:  and the said clock being, from hour to hour carefully adjusted in accordance with astronomical observations kept up at the observatory, both by night and by day, shows always the true time, as close as it can be ascertained, by human means.

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page      Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.      At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.            At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photogrpahers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this web site.

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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