The watchmakers of Waterford

Richard Whatmore tells the story of a beleaguered band of Protestant revolutionaries who fled capture in their native Geneva in order to set up an unlikely community of watchmakers on the southern Irish coast

William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and British prime minister from 1782–83, was instrumental in the Genevan exiles’ move to southern Ireland. (Getty Images) 

This article was first published in the July 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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