Act of Parliament clock (also known as 'Tavern Clocks'). Maker: George Halifax, Doncaster (b.1725, d.1811). In 1797 a tax was placed on all clocks and watches, resulting in people relying on clocks in public places such as taverns. The tax had such a devastating effect on the clock making trade that it was quickly repealed, but the name remained. Located in the Georgian Kitchen, Culzean Castle.
Silver mantle clock by Lund & Brockley, London. Case is cast and chased with dolphins and figures of Venus. Designed by A. Crichton. Design achieved £50 prize. Commissioned by the 3rd Marquis of Ailsa, using prize money from his racing yacht 'Bloodhound' in 1877. Yacht designed by Fife of Fairlie.