The Society met at Llandovery College on Saturday March 19 to enjoy the second
Buckley Memorial Lecture. This lecture commemorates the late Colonel Kemmis Buckley, the Society's
highly esteemed President from 1971 until 1996. One of Colonel Buckley's many interests was the
history of clocks and he was a collector himself. The Society was honoured to welcome Dr. William
Linnard, Chairman of the Wales and Marches Horological Society.
Dr. Linnard gave a comprehensive account of clock making in the 17th, 18th and
19th centuries. He concentrated his lecture on clockmakers in the County - so far 55 different clockmakers
have been discovered in Carmarthen, 16 in Llandeilo and 19 in Llanelli, together with individuals
in small villages such as Talley and Llanarthne. Three of these fine long-case clocks may be seen
in the County Museum at Abergwili. Dr. Linnard's talk was illustrated with excellent slides so that
his audience could appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of the clocks. The silver, brass or painted
faces contrast wonderfully with the polished wood, mainly oak, of the cases.
Dr.Linnard, who comes from a family of clock makers, is the author of "Wales
Clocks and Clockmakers", published in 2003, the definitive reference work on clocks and their
makers. However, he stressed that his research is ongoing and that he had discovered another Carmarthenshire
maker only a few weeks previous to the meeting.
The afternoon ended with a pleasant afternoon tea which enabled the members to
chat with the lecturer and with each other.