Saturday, August 15, 2020
The generally held belief that James Watt perfected his steam engine in Bo'ness carries a grain of truth, but little more than a grain. He was encouraged by Doctor Roebuck to come to Bo'ness to build a steam engine...
Bo'ness as a town has suffered its fair share of industrial closures over the years. From a brisk shipping community, coal mining, pottery, woodyards, production of fertilizer, distillery and the like, our indigenous industries have for the most part...
"With a laugh loud and long, With a dance and a song, We hail our Festal Day." Since 1897 when our first Queen was crowned on that Festal Day, we have celebrated this event every year except during the World...
It is wonderful what one warm day's sunshine can do. It was so lovely it set me thinking of that magical time that will be with us again. Need I spell it out? "The Fair." The Bo'ness Fair, to...
Bo'ness Fair was 13 years old in 1910 and during that 13 years, the children's day had gone from strength to strength. Slow the event was gathering credibility and character. But 1910 was to prove a difficult year for...
In Bo'ness a person who is born and bred in the town is known as a "Hamebider." and such I have been invited to contribute to this year's magazine, giving my views of Fairs as I have known them. To...
Whatever else disappeared because of the Second World War, one tradition which sank out of sight when the Fair was revived was wearing of school colours in the shape of bunnets, belts, ties and stockings for boys, hats for...
History will be made on this 1978 Fair Day. It's more than likely that a cut-down version of the coronation will take place at Milwaukee on the shores of the Great Lakes in central America. Bo'ness United Boys' Club and...
It is often said that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but for Mrs May Donaldson and her daughters Helen and Margaret this widely held belief proved a myth when within the space of five years the...
"There was great excitement at 41 South Street yesterday," reported the Bo'ness "Journal" of Friday, 11th April, 1952, and then went on to give the reason. "For 11 year old, Myra Taylor ran home to tell her parents that she...

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As most Bo'nessians will know, the town was once Scotland's second port ( and reported as such by the 17th century novelist and English...