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The Watt Cairn

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The Watt Cairn, 2007
The Watt Cairn
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The Watt Cairn is located within Greenock Cemetery.

Although we have not accessed the full story, it is said that this monument was initially intended to reach some 300 feet in height, but only achieved 15 feet when completed.

The following text accompanied the picture:

A memorial to James Watt (1736-1819), scientist, inventor, and engineer, whose improvements to the steam engine were of paramount importance for the Industrial Revolution. The Watt Club proposed this cairn in 1854. It was finally arranged and completed in 1936, on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The stones that make up the cairn were gifted from all around the world. This site also marks the burial place of some of James Watt's ancestors, whose remains were removed from Greenock's Old West Kirk on the 26th of April, 1927.

It should be noted that this image shows the rear of the memorial cairn, and the front carries a slightly more elaborate carving, and a more detailed plaque with the story behind the cairn and its sponsors.

The front inscription reads:

(We are missing one word, which would be appreciated if anyone can complete the quotation)

THE WATT CAIRN

PROJECTED AND COMMENCED BY THE WATT CLUB, 1854
ARRANGED AND COMPLETED ON THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF
WATT'S BIRTH, 1936
THESE STONES, GIFTED FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD
SPEAK OF THE UNIVERSAL ???????? ACCORDED THE GREAT
ENGINEER, INVENTOR AND SCIENTIST.
THE MONUMENT ALSO MARKS THE BURYING PLACE OF
JAMES WATT'S ANCESTORS REMOVED FROM THE OLD WEST
KIRK, 26TH APRIL 1927

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