Friends, James Watt Supper

Join Friends at special Watt supper

IMG_9150-002The Friends of Kinneil charity in Bo’ness is holding its annual James Watt Supper on January 18. The event celebrates the local links with the Scottish inventor and is held  around the time of Watt’s birthday each January.

The Supper is open to Friends members and non-members. Full details are listed below.

A Friends spokesman said: “We do hope you will be able to attend this great community celebration of one of Scotland’s most globally-recognised figures. The cost to members and their guests is the same as previous years, just £10 per head. (Cost to non-members is £15, or £16 as a special offer to include a new membership subscription).”

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Summary: The 2019 James Watt Supper will have added significance as 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of the patent (granted on 5th January 1769) for James Watt‘s most famous invention, the condensing steam engine, developed in partnership with Dr John Roebuck of Kinneil (co-founder of the Carron Iron Co).

It is also the 250th anniversary of the only surviving building in Scotland directly associated with Watt‘s work, his workshop at Kinneil – the James Watt Cottage.

The year 2019 also marks the bicentenary (200th anniversary) of Watt‘s death in August 1819.

There will be a series of significant commemorative events taking place throughout the year across Scotland, the UK and beyond.

The evening will include a three-course buffet meal followed by traditional music – this year with the wonderful Kinneil Band.

The Friends will also welcome Dr Nina Baker, a former Councillor/Baillie of Glasgow City Council, as the guest speaker. Dr Baker has had a varied career as a Merchant Navy deck officer, engineer, academic and politician. She is a noted enthusiast for Glasgow, James Watt, for science and engineering, for their history and for promoting the role of women in those disciplines.

If you would like to have an alcoholic drink with your meal, please bring this with you. However, the organisers will provide soft drinks.

Event website:

Date(s) of event: Friday, January 18, 2019

Start and finish times/admission times: 7 for 7.30 p.m. start.

Location – the full address of the event venue, including a postcode: St Mary’s RC Church Hall, Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness EH51 0DP (this is opposite the Esso petrol station at a crossroads). Map to venue here.

Admission cost: The cost to Friends’ members and guests is the same as previous years, just £10 per head. (Cost to non-members is £15, or £16 as a special offer to include a new membership subscription to the Friends of Kinneil).

Tickets: Please RSVP as soon as possible (also confirming the names of anyone accompanying you) via e-mail (to or telephone/text on 07919-927002 to our Secretary, Catherine Johnston – to whom a cheque payable to ‘The Friends of Kinneil’, to reserve the tickets (for collection at the door), can then also be sent c/o Mrs Catherine Johnston, The Friends of Kinneil Secretary, 14 Kinglass Avenue, Bo’ness, EH51 9QA.

Email for enquiries:

Telephone number for enquiries: 07919-927002 (Secretary – Catherine Johnston)

Access to venue (parking/transport links/access for people with disabilities): The venue has a ramped access and a car park next to the church. Buses from Stirling, Falkirk and Edinburgh serve Bo’ness. You can also get a train to Linlithgow and then a taxi or bus to Bo’ness.

Any additional relevant information: It’s the charity’s ninth James Watt Supper.