Wilsontown Ironworks

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The ruins of the Wilsontown Ironworks are located near the village of Forth in Scotland, approximately 23 miles (37 km) to the south east of Glasgow. The works were founded by the three Wilson brothers in 1779, and operated until 1842. The works had two blast furnaces, and in 1790 a forge was added. Later a rolling and slitting mill and additional forging hammers were installed. This increased the capacity of the works to 40 long tons (41 t) of manufactured iron per week. In its heyday the works employed 2,000 persons. The works had a railway branch line from the site to Auchengray railway station on the Caledonian Railway.

It was at the Wilsontown Ironworks that James Beaumont Neilson developed the first hot blast form of the blast furnace, which he patented in 1828.[citation needed]

The buildings were cleared after closure, but the general layout of the site can still be discerned and an heritage trail has been created. The core of the site is legally protected. It has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1968.[1] In 2007 Forestry Commission Scotland, the present owners of the site, launched a project to raise public awareness of the Wilsontown Ironworks.

See also


  1. "Wilsontown Ironworks". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2011-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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