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Bo'ness, Kinneil, James Watt's Cottage

Boiler (18th Century), Cottage (18th Century)

Site Name Bo'ness, Kinneil, James Watt's Cottage

Classification Boiler (18th Century), Cottage (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Kinneil House

Canmore ID 48173

Site Number NS98SE 5

NGR NS 98194 80518

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Falkirk
  • Parish Bo'ness And Carriden
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Falkirk
  • Former County West Lothian

Archaeology 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.



This site falls within the Kinneil Area of Townscape Character (NS98SE 204), which was defined as part of the RCAHMS Urban Survey Programme 2013. Text relating to the historical development and topography, and present character of the Kinneil Area of Townscape Character can be viewed at site NS98SE 204.

Information from RCAHMS (LK), January 2014


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