Wha's like us

I — Ironworks

Illustration of a cast-iron stove

A Carron Ironworks Co stove, around 1900.


The nucleus of the Scottish iron-founding industry was the Carron Iron Works.

Founded on the north bank of the river Carron near Falkirk in 1759, the name Carron became a byword for industrial innovation in Britain and Europe.

The company prospered through the development and supply of a new generation of cannons, also known as carronades, to the British Royal Navy and the manufacturing of munitions during the two world wars.

Carron Iron Works famously manufactured some of James Watt’s improved engines and the engines used by William Symington in his first practical steamboats.

It also cast designs by the Adam brothers and specialised in the production and worldwide sale of domestic products such as balustrades, kitchen ranges, stoves, fire grates and bathtubs.


An ABC of Scotland

Ironworks was just one of the 'I' topics in our alphabetical exhibition celebrating some of the outstanding achievements by Scotland and Scots.

'Wha's like us?' ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

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