James Watt Supper 2016

jameswatt-fromvictorianbook1The Friends of Kinneil charity will be hosting its annual James Watt Supper on Friday, January 15, 2016, at St. Mary’s Church Hall, off Linlithgow Road in Bo’ness.

The event – which is similar to a Burns’ Supper – starts at 7 p.m. and will feature a three course meal and entertainment.

Tickets are £10 for Friends of Kinneil members and £15 for non-members. To join The Friends, visit www.kinneil.org.uk/friends

It’s a bring your own bottle affair, although soft drinks will be provided. Historian and musician Ian Scott and his band will provide the music. There will also be “toasts” and readings about James Watt (rather than Burns!)

Watt did some of his early work at Kinneil Estate to develop the steam engine. His eventual discovery changed the world. Read more about Watt at Kinneil at www.kinneil.org.uk/jameswatt 

This event is always popular, so book your tickets now.

Write to: Maria Ford, 16 Craigallan Park, Bo’ness, EH51 9QY

Email: info@kinneil.org.uk

Please make any cheques payable to “The Friends of Kinneil”.

You can also call Maria on 01506 510629.


Soup starter

Choice of:

  • Scotch Broth
  • Carrot and Coriander
  • Potato and Leek

Crusty Bread / Butter


Main course – Salmagundi 

(A modern take on an old favourite. A mix of salad, fish, nuts and meat.)

  • Roast Rib of Beef
  • Honey & Clove Ham
  • Roast Chicken
  • Vintage Cheese Quiche 
  • Prawns – Mussels – Crabsticks
  • Vegetable Stuffed Peppers  
  • Variety of Potato Salads [Cheese – Coconut – Spring Onion]
  • Shredded Coleslaw
  • Vegetables in Mayonnaise
  • Dried Fruits –Dates – Walnuts – Sultanas
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Lettuce – Tomato – Celery
  • Peaches
  • Vegetable Pickles – Onions – Beetroot
  • Stuffed Eggs 



Choice of:

  • Apple Pie
  • Clootie Dumpling
  • Cream – Custard
  • A Chocolate Steam Engine with Carriages. 


Tea/Coffee – Shortbread and Tablet

Map to venue: https://goo.gl/maps/bXfMib1RQ122

Remembering James Watt

Lives of Boulton and WattONE of Scotland’s greatest sons is being remembered this week – exactly 275 years after he was born.

The inventor James Watt was born in Greenock on January 19, 1736.

He went on to develop and improve the steam engine – the workhorse which powered the Industrial Revolution.

On Friday (Jan 21), the charity The Friends of Kinneil in Bo’ness – where Watt worked on early steam prototypes – will celebrate the inventor’s legacy with a “James Watt Supper”, an alternative to the traditional Burns Supper.

Maria Ford, the chair of The Friends, said: “Probably very few of us have a copy of Rabbie Burns’ Complete Works in our homes – but nearly everyone will have lightbulbs measured in Watts.

“It says a lot about Watt’s legacy that a unit of power was named after him. This amazing man deserves credit for his work – and in the week of his birthday we intend to do just that.”

The Friends promote the historic Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness – dominated by the imposing Kinneil House.

Watt was invited there by a local industrialist Dr. John Roebuck, who wanted him to improve the way water was pumped out of local mines. A cottage workshop – still standing in the estate – was constructed for Watt to use. The inventor worked at Kinneil for two spells in 1769 and 1770.

Sadly, the doctor – one of the founders of the famous Carron Iron Works in Falkirk – went bankrupt in 1773 and had to sell his share in Watt’s patent to one of his creditors, a Matthew Boulton of Birmingham.

And so a new partnership was born.

Watt moved to England and the improved steam engine – further developed with the help of Matthew Boutlon – revolutionised the use of steam power in Britain’s mills and factories.

Mrs Ford said: “Had John Roebuck not hit money problems, history could have been very different. But we’re still proud of the important part Kinneil played in the story of James Watt.

“On Friday, we’ll toast his life and works – and hear some immortal memories from a local historian, Ian Scott. Some of our members will also make their own contributions as we remember how James Watt changed the world.”

The Friends have organised typical 18th century music for private party – organised for charity members and invited guests in a local church hall.

The bill of fare will feature a modern take on Salamagundi, a popular dish of the time, followed by “Steam pudding” – the obvious choice for dessert.

A hot toddy will also be in offer to help toast the man behind the improved steam engine.

The charity has updated its website to give people more information on James Watt and his links with Bo’ness. Visit www.kinneil.org.uk/jameswatt