Bo'Ness, Kinneil, James Watt's Cottage

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Alternative Names Kinneil House
Canmore ID 48173
Site Number NS98SE 5
NGR NS 98194 80518
Former Region CENTRAL
Former District FALKIRK
Former County WEST LOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NS98SE 5 98195 80518

(Name: NS 9845 8068) In this house Jas Watt Constructed the Improved Steam Engine (NAT)
OS 6" map, Linlithgowshire, 1st ed., (1856)

This house, which stands on the N side of the stable yard, 7 chains NE of Kinneil House, is pointed out as the house where James Watt constructed the improved engine (Name Book 1856).
Name Book 1856; T J Salmon 1901.

Salmon, however, states that the outhouse where Watt constructed his first engine, for Dr Roebuck of Kinneil in 1768, is still to be seen, in a small enclosure, S of Kinneil House, where an abundant supply of water could be obtained from the Gil burn.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

NS 9820 8051. A small ruined building to the SW of Kinneil House is generally accepted as that where Watt developed his steam engine. Beside it is a cylinder from the engine.
Visited by OS (I F) 28 February 1974.

Books and References

Breeze, D J (2002) People and places: the men, women and places that made Scottish history, Edinburgh
Page(s): 96-7 Held at RCAHMS C.3.5.BRE

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No. 13, 31 Held at RCAHMS Ref

Salmon, T J (1901) Bo'ness and district,
Page(s): 372-6

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