Cannon Made in Falkirk

The present location of ordnance made in Falkirk

The present location of ordnance made in Falkirk: smooth bore muzzle loading (SBML)

The attached table [Present location of Ordnance made in Falkirk]  presents the current known location of over 170 pieces of ordnance made at the either the Carron Iron Works or at the Falkirk Iron Works.  There will be many more out there and we would appreciate it if you could contact us to let us know the presence of any others – or to provide us with photographs.

Bermuda Carronade
32-pdr cannon no. 71362, cast in 1807, now  at gate to Warwick Camp, Hamilton in Bermuda. Photograph : Raymond Patrick Hayney of Royal Bermuda Regiment.
cannon 1
Carronades at Mombasa in Kenya. Photograph: Scott Melvin of Larbert
cannon 2
Carron Co 36pdr at La Spezia in Italy, cast in 1819. Photograph : Scott Melvin of Larbert.
Pendennis Castle 1 small
6-pdr Carron made cannon of 1812 on display at Pendennis Castle, Cornwall. Photograph: Mark Malone, April 2019.

Cannon made by Carron Company, found at Rothesay Pier in 1995 on display in Rothesay Castle. Photo: Charles Taylor

12 replies on “Cannon Made in Falkirk”

Hi I’ve come across a 6 lb 1812 cannon made by Carron company in pendennis castle Falmouth
I’ve two pictures if you are interested in me sending them to you let me know you’re email address

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I have a hall marked medal with an inscription on the reverse ‘Presented to James Curlers for proficiency in ambulance work 1912’. Any information please?.


Can you send us photographs of front and reverse of your medal please? Is there an inscription round the rim? Do you know anything about James Curlers? It would be good if you could send us a photo of the hallmark if that’s possible. From the hallmark we can tell the date of manufacture, where it was manufactured and the metal it is made of. email


Dear Sir,

I have a letter dated 1810 written by Joseph Stainton Manger, discussing wooden railway and Lord Elgin brick kilns.

Letter addressed to Robert Beaumont in Charleston.


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I have seen a carronade in PLymouth. It is overlooking the water as you reach the part of the town called the Barbican. The signage with it says it was made in Carron Works. That would be about fifteen years ago.


There is a carronade on display in the museum in Karonga (Malawi, formerly Nyasaland). It has no inscriptions on the trunnions, but a crown indicates that it is of british origin. In addition, there are initials which read CW&C or GW&C or CW&Co or GW&Co. Is this gun made by Carron Works? What does the abbreviation mean? If you want I can send you pictures.


Thank you for telling us about this gun. However, our expert says that it was not made in Carron. He says, “The initials are probably SW & Co for Samuel Walker and Company of Rotherham, which was another very large manufacturer. Photos might help to check that and I assume it was a Blomefield pattern gun.”
If you would like to send us your pictures, he might be able to tell you more.


I have come across a 12 pounder sponge/rammer stamped with Carronade 12 P .. (12 pounder) M G 5. (Another 5 or possibly a 3) and WD with a mark underneath the WD… I was enquiring where I could sell or value the item and help with the Markings Etc I would be very grateful Thankyou


We have a Carron Cannon from 1826 in Kirkwall, Orkney. I think it’s a 24 pounder. There’s a serial number on the left hand side above “Carron” and the year. Do you have, or know of anyone who would have details of what serial numbers went where? I can also send you some photos if you don’t have it in your records.


Thank you, we would be delighted if you can send photos. Please email them to our Secretary at Unfortunately there does not seem to anyone keeping a full list and that is the reason why Falkirk Local History Society are collecting information. What is the serial number of the Carron Cannon in Kirkwall?


A friend has a cauldron with the markings Falkirk 50. No handles or pouring lip, presume the 50 relates to 50 gals. Does anyone know what the intended use was? thanks


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