Friends, James Watt Supper

Friends to celebrate 10th annual James Watt Supper

Happy New Decade to all our supporters and best wishes for 2020!

Join the Friends of Kinneil on Friday 17th January at our now traditional community event to see in the New Year, as we celebrate our tenth annual James Watt Supper! Members should already have received their invitations before Christmas, but we welcome others interested in finding out more about the Friends – and a few places at the occasion are currently remaining.


This event, which we always hold near to the time of James Watt’s birthday (19th January), will take place at 7 for 7.30pm on Friday 17th January 2020 at St Mary’s RC Church Hall, Linlithgow Road, Bo’ness EH51 0DP (for those not from the town, this is opposite the petrol station at the crossroads). Dress code is ‘smart casual’.

The evening includes a 3-course buffet meal followed by traditional music. On this occasion, we shall also welcome writers reading from special poems composed to commemorate the recent Watt Bicentenary, including some about Kinneil. If you would like an alcoholic drink with your meal, please bring it along. Soft drinks will be provided. We thank in advance all those who work so hard to make the evening possible.

We do hope you will be able to attend this friendly and informal celebration. The cost to members and their guests is still just £10 per head. (Cost to non-members is £15 – but why not become a member first, now just £3, then qualify for the lower ticket price).

As the supper is always popular and places are limited, please RSVP as soon as possible (also confirming the names of anyone accompanying you) via e-mail (to or telephone/text (tel: 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. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us or call Catherine if you have any questions about the evening.

We look back on achieving much added profile for James Watt and for Kinneil in 2019, which saw the 250th anniversary of the patent (granted on 5th January 1769) for 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 was likewise the 250th anniversary of the only surviving building in Scotland directly associated with Watt’s work, his workshop at Kinneil – the ‘James Watt Cottage’. Co-incidentally, 2019 was also the Bicentenary of Watt’s death in August 1819. There were many significant James Watt commemorative events taking place across Scotland, the UK and beyond.