Familiar chimes at The House of Dun

The courtyard clock in its new home.
The courtyard clock in its new home.

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

Today the chimes you hear from the courtyard clock at the stately home are the same familiar sounds that would have been heard ringing through the estate from 1740.

A generous donation from J 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, 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.”