Robert Aitchison, Edinburgh (act.1756-1790)
John Smith (Old Scottish Clockmakers 1453-1850) states 'One of the boys of George Watson's hospital, booked apprentice to James Cowen, Edinburgh, 24th July 1756'. He appears to have been the first apprentice this celebrated maker indentured. 'Discharged of his indentures by James Cowen 23rd July 1763. Presented a bill craving an essay masters to be appointed in order to his being admitted a freeman, clock and watch maker, Edinburgh hammermen, 7th May 1768. Admited 12th November 1768, his essay being a horizontal watch movement, begun, made and finished in his own shop in presence of Alex Farquharson, William Downie and James Sibbald, essay masters and James Cowen, landlord.' Aitchison was in partnership with William Turnbull (q.v.) at this date, the firm being known as Turnbull and Aitchison.