Clock continues to chime at Dun

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The restoration of the House of Dun courtyard clock has reached its final phase, thanks to a substantial donation.

The chimes from the clock at the House of Dun today, are the same as those that would have rung through the estate form 1740.

A generous donation from Miss Joan Ritchie in memory of her sisters has allowed the National Trust for Scotland to sensitively replace the courtyard clock’s original timepiece with an up to date mechanism, allowing the continued use of the original face and chimes.

The existing movement has been restored and now takes pride of place in the new tearoom at House of Dun (Erskine’s).

John McKenna property manager said: “We were thrilled to receive such a generous donation which allowed us to represent the clock, the final piece of the jigsaw is now complete with the restored movement on display within the tearoom.

“It is amazing to think that this simple mechanism was the heart of the estate - the staff and family would rise and shine to it lunch to its chimes and summon them to bed. We are extremely grateful to Miss Ritchie.”