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Carron

On Sunday 26th August 1787, Burns and Nicol, embarked on their Highland tour, called at the Carron Iron Works, apparently with the somewhat surprising hope of being admitted. With a diamond he recently acquired, and which he used also on the windows of inns in Stirling and Falkirk, Burns wrote on a window of the inn at Carron:
"We cam na here to view your works,
In hopes to be mair wise,
But only, lest we gang to hell,
It may be nae surprise:
But when we tirl'd at your door,
Your porter dought na hear us;
Sae may, shou'd we to hell's yetts come,
Your billy Sattan sair us!"

The Carron Ironworks, some 3 miles south of Falkirk were founded by Dr Roebuck of Sheffield in 1760. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Iron Works turned out a useful piece of artillery known as the Carronade.

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