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Barlow was the son of Edward Booth, of Warrington, in Lancashire, where he was baptised 15 December 1639.
Edward Barlow (1639 in Warrington – 1719) priest and mechanician

English College, Lisbon

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At the age of twenty he entered the English College at Lisbon (1659), and after being ordained a priest he was sent on the English mission.
Edward Booth, student

Repeater (horology)

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In fact, his invention was connected with a repeating mechanism employing the rack and snail allowing repeater clocks to be built which, at the pull of a string, would strike the number of hours.
The repeating clock was invented by the English cleric and inventor, the Reverend Edward Barlow in 1676.

Striking clock

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During the 20th century there was a common misconception that Barlow invented the rack and snail striking mechanism for striking clocks in about 1675-6.
There was a misconception during the 20th century that the rack and snail mechanism was invented by British clergyman Edward Barlow in 1675-6.

Daniel Quare

Barlow and London watchmaker Daniel Quare disputed the patent rights to the repeating watch.
When in 1687 Edward Booth, alias Barlow, applied for a patent for "pulling or repeating clocks and watches", the Clockmakers' Company successfully opposed the application on the ground that the alleged invention was anticipated by a watch previously invented and made by Quare.


Edward Barlow, alias Booth (1639–1719), was an English priest and mechanician.

Ambrose Barlow

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He took the name of Barlow from his uncle, Father Ambrose Barlow, the Benedictine monk, who suffered martyrdom on account of his priestly character.

Thomas Tompion

His name and fame are perpetuated for being the inventor of the pendulum watches; but according to the usual fate of most projectors, while others were great gainers by his ingenuity, Mr. Barlow had never been considered on that occasion, had not Mr. Tompion (accidentally made acquainted with the inventor's name) made him a present of 200l.

Pocket watch

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This invention was afterwards applied to pocket watches.

James II of England

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In 1687, King James II decided the question by having each watchmaker submit a quarter repeater watch for the examination of the king and his council.

The London Gazette

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The king, upon trying each of them, gave preference to Quare's, of which notice was given soon after in The London Gazette.


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Meteorological Essays concerning the Origin of Springs, Generation of Rain, and Production of Wind; with an account of the Tide, London 1715, 8vo.


A Treatise of the Eucharist, 3 vols. 4to, MS.

List of watchmakers

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Edward Barlow (1636–1716), English watchmaker, ratchet chime with repeater.

Edward Barlow

Edward Barlow (priest) (1639–1719), English priest and mechanician

Peter Gooden

Born near Manchester, he was educated in the English College at Lisbon, and after being ordained priest was sent back to England on mission, in company with Edward Barlow, alias Booth.


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During the 20th century there was a common misconception that Edward Barlow invented rack and snail striking.

History of timekeeping devices

The Rev. Edward Barlow invented the rack and snail striking mechanism for striking clocks, which was a great improvement over the previous mechanism.

Edward Booth

Edward Barlow (priest) (1639–1719), also known as Edward Booth