Balthazar Knie is reputed to have been born in Germany but spent may years travelling around Europe as a glass blower and barometer maker before arriving in Edinburgh in 1776. Although he intended his visit to the city to be short, he settled there, working at various addresses until his death in 1817. He was an innovative maker of barometers, always looking for new designs that were pleasing to the eye. Both stick and wheel barometers are recorded as being by him but he is probably best known for his double-angle barometer, a design thought to have been brought by him from Germany.
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