Brian Loomes writes of Edward Burgis; 'Nothing much known about him and he was not a member of CC [Clockmakers' Company]. In Apr 1670 he married at St Saviour's Southwark to Patience Clement...he and his wife were both still alive in 1713.' (The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, NAG Press, 1981, p.127).
A table clock of closely related design by Burgis may be seen in Dawson, Drover, Parkes Early English Clocks, Antique Collectors' Club, 1982, p.452, plate 662 and is illustrated disassembled pp.392-395, plates 557-563; the position of the alarm train in pl. 558 is clearly demonstrated. The inclusion of alarm-work is relatively unusual on a table clock of this period and the manner in which Burgis sets the alarm crown wheel 'into' the top right corner of the front plate is particularly ingenious.