Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Bo'ness

A contraction of the name Borrowstounness, Bo’ness is a former industrial town and port on the Firth of Forth. The town has close associations with James Watt, who experimented in 1764 with his early steam engine in a cottage on the Kinneil estate.

Today Bo’ness is primarily a commuter town for those working in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk and Grangemouth. It also has the oldest cinema in Scotland – the Hippodrome; now refurbished, it was originally built in 1912.