NS2676 : The Watt Cairn

taken 4 years ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

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The Watt Cairn
The Watt Cairn
The James Watt Cairn was begun as a project by the Watt Club of Greenock in 1854, initially to erect a tower as a memorial to James Watt, which was never completed. Stones were gifted from all areas of the world as a gesture to recognise the importance of James Watt in his contribution to industry. The stones were finally assembled and completed in 1936, the 200th anniversary of James Watt's Birth.

James Watt was born in Greenock in 1736 and gained international reputation and renown by improving existing steam engines, leading to the widespread use of steam power in industry and transport.

JAMES WATT CAIRN: (NS 26488 76322) Cubic monument with large rectangular block base, with stepped levels ending at trabeated structure engraved with 'WATT'. Constructed from variety of stones from across the world, including marble and granite. Plaques to front and side inscribed with names and details of donors.

Category B-listed.

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Date Taken
Friday, 3 February, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 4 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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James Watt 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2651 7629 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8939N 4:46.7947W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2653 7629
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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