James Watt. Daniel Bailey 1 st Period February 2, 2011. James Watt Info. James Watt was born on 19 January 1736 in Greenock, Renfrewshire. Watt was raised in Greenock, Renfrewshire. James Watt was born on 19 January 1736. Died August 18 1918. Father-James Mother-Agnus Brother-John.
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1754: Learnt the trade of mathematical-instrument making in London before returning to Glasgow, where he set up a business. 1757-1763: Mathematical-instrument maker to the University, Glasgow. 1763-1764: Repaired a Newcomen steam engine, which started him thinking about ways to improve the engine. 1765-1770: Erects a range of full-size Newcomen engines in Scotland. 1767: Surveyor of Forth and Clyde canal. 1774: Started a business in Soho, near Birmingham, with Matthew Boulton to manufacture his improved Watt steam engine. 1784: Patented a steam locomotive. 1800: Retired to Heathfield Hall near Birmingham.