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27 November 2017James Watt and Kinneil
30 October 2017Mountaineering in Scotland
25 September 2017Scottish Pottery - some Stirling connections
27 March 2017George Forrest Plant Hunter
27 February 2017Joseph Farington in Scotland
30 January 2017Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: A River's Tale
28 November 2016Scottish War Art and Artists 1850-2000
24 October 2016James VII, King of Scots
26 September 2016Stirling's Historic Shopfronts
31 May 2016National Fund for Acquisitions
28 March 2016Medical Uses of Wild Plants
29 February 2016Putting Stirling on the Map
25 January 2016Stirling University Art Collection
30 November 2015V&A Design Museum, Dundee
26 October 2015Glasgow’s Hidden Treasures II
28 September 2015The Livingstons of Callendar House

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James Watt and Kinneil
Ian Scott
Monday 27 November 2017

Lecture starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door £5 (Friends £4) include tea/coffee and biscuits


The engineer James Watt (1736-1819) was an enlightenment genius whose pioneering work on steam power kick-started the industrial revolution and transformed Scotland and the world.  The Greenock born maker of scientific instruments worked at the University of Glasgow where he came under the influence of the celebrated Professors Joseph  Black and John Robison.  He did much of his experimental work at Kinneil, Bo’ness where the little workshop built for him by Dr John Roebuck still stands.  The Kinneil engine assembled at Carron Iron Works was patented in 1769 and brought to perfection in Birmingham when Watt entered on his famous partnership with Matthew Boulton.    The pair went on to develop the invention in many new and important ways and in so doing earned fame and fortune.   Watt died in 1819 but his contribution to scientific advance has been acknowledged  across the country with statues in all the major cities and places of learning.   

Ian Scott was until his retirement, Assistant Principal at Falkirk College where he taught history for a number of years.  He is a founder member of the Falkirk Local History Society and past Chairman of the Saltire Society in Edinburgh. He has written a number of books and articles on the history of the Falkirk area and has a lifelong interest in Scottish traditional music. Ian was until recently Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust which assumed responsibility for libraries, museums, town halls, big parks, sports centres, swimming pools and, of course, Callendar House.  Ian contributes a weekly article on history for the Falkirk Herald.