The partnership of inventor James Watt and industrialist John Roebuck will come under the spotlight at a free event at Larbert Library in Stirlingshire this month.

Ian Shearer from the Friends of Kinneil charity will talk about the duo, and their links with the nearby Carron Iron Works (pictured above) and Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness.

The free talk will take place in the Library on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Community Trust – which manages the venue – said: “This is a fascinating story of invention, technology and innovation – played out across the Falkirk area, involving the Iron Works at Carron and the hidden gem of Watt’s cottage workshop, nestled in Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness.

“Join us on the evening of May 21 – and help us celebrate the 250th anniversary of Watt and Roebuck’s patent to improve the steam engine.”

Watt’s workshop at Kinneil, Bo’ness

Library website: Click here to visit the library web page

Location: Larbert Library is actually located in the neighbouring town of Stenhousemuir. The address is 22 Hallam Road, Stenhousemuir.

Admission: The event is free of charge. No ticket required. Just turn up.

Email for enquiries:

Telephone number for enquiries: 01324 503590

Access to venue: The library is fully accessible and there are parking bays in front of the building.

Organisers: Falkirk Community Trust with The Friends of Kinneil.


You can hear more about John Roebuck’s partnership with James Watt – and Watt’s cottage workshop at Kinneil in an audio interview on this website.