He was born in 1736 at a hamlet called Hunters Holm close to the river Lyne in the parish of Arthuret, Cumberland. His parents were Edward and Jenetta Blacklock.
In 1753 he was apprenticed to the clockmaker Archibald Lawrie of Carlisle for seven years.
He married Hannah Liddle of Burgh by Sands at the parish Church of St. Mary's, Carlisle on 14th February 1767.
The couple moved to Longtown in 1768 and began the Blaylock Clockmaking busines
Hood and Dial of longcase clock by
John Blaylock (1), Longtown.
This clock was in a somewhat distressed condition when found at the Newark Antique Fair in December 1999. The case movement and dial have now been restored close to original condition. I am most pleased with the result.
The Restored Dial of Longcase Clock LC1
This dial has restored remarkably well considering the poor treatment it has received in the past. Of particular interest is the minute band of the chapter ring which is composed of short radial lines encompassed between two circular lines. This is the only brass dialled Blaylock clock I have found with this feature and in my opinion it is an indication of a date of manufacture prior to 1770. In Cumberland, brass dials made after 1770 normally had minute indicators of large round dots without the two circular lines being present.
Close up view of Dial Centre
Close up view of First Owners Signature
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