Observatories: Roxburghshire

Makerstoun Astronomical and Magnetic Observatories –Balfour 1860, viii

Brisbane’s Makerstoun Observatory [BOMH] (1826-60), Makerstoun House, Makerstoun nr. Kelso, erected by Sir Thomas Brisbane Brisbane . It was established after he returned from Australia on estate of his wife.  The new observatory included a new refractor with a 6¼-inch Merz Obect Glass (£600) and Troughton & Simms mount, an altazimuth instrument and four clocks (1,200 guineas),  as well as  employing James Dunlop as observer.  Later in 1842 Brisbane established the first magnetic and meteorological observatory in Scotland on the same site (Howse 1986, 66-7; Gavine 1981,  277-8; Weitzenhoffer 1992).

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