James Watt came to the Falkirk area in central Scotland to develop his improved steam engine.

He was backed by John Roebuck, an industrialist who helped establish the famous Carron Iron Works in the area.

Roebuck even built a special workshop for Watt to use in the grounds of his then home, Kinneil House, on the outskirts of Bo’ness.

You can find out more about the partnership – and the important role Bo’ness and Falkirk played in the Industrial Revolution at two museums:

Kinneil Museum in Bo’ness and Callendar House in Falkirk. Both are run by the charity Falkirk Community Trust.

Curator Niamh Conlon tells us more.


Pictured above: Callendar House in Falkirk. Below: Kinneil Museum in Bo’ness. Both sites have displays on Watt.