The case back is beautifully engraved with a signed dedication inscription to the anatomist and surgeon Allan Burns (18th
September 1781- 22nd
June 1813). The watch was presented to Burns on 29th
April 1807 by his first class at Glasgow where he was a lecturer on anatomy. He was clearly an inspirational figure and was only 25 years old at the time of the watch’s presentation. Burns died young just a few years later, but not before the publication of his works: "Observations on Diseases of the Heart"
and "Observations on the Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck"
which were published in 1809 and 1812 respectively – the latter work provides a brief but interesting biography.
Although the movement is signed by David Read of Glasgow, (recorded Hutcheson St., Glasgow, 1805-1818) its style and finishing suggests Read ordered it from the Lancashire trade. Indeed, the cases are hallmarked for Chester where many Liverpudlian case makers marked their wares.