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2. William WATSON

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
William Watson
Gender Male a natural son
Birth Date 16 Oct 1831
Baptism Date 13 Dec 1831
Baptism Place Lesmahagow, Lanark, Scotland
Father William Watson of Burnfod
Mother Janet Lindsey
FHL Film Number 1066597 Reference ID 2:15M51CG

William Watson was born in 1831. His father also William Watson, an Estate Dealer, died when William very young. His mother Janet Linsday remarried when William was 4 years old. William's mother and her new family initially lived in Kirknowe but had moved to Shotts by 1851. In the 1841 census, William aged 9, and his mother, Janet, most likely very pregnant with her first son to John McArthur, were shown living with William's grandparents, the Lindsays, at Kirknowe.

In the 1851 census William is still with his grandmother Mary Lindsay (nee Sommerville) in Kirknowe. At that time he was a coal miner. Living in the next home, probably the groom's cottage, was Janet Gibb, recently widowed, with some of her sons. William Watson aged about 21 married Janet Gibb (nee Jack) then aged 36 in about 1852. No record of the marriage has yet been located.

William became a grocer and then a spirit and wine merchant. He also had substantial property of at least 33 acres as listed in the 1881 census.

William Watson and Janet Jack had two sons James (b1853) and Alexander (b1857). Janet died in 1872 at Watsons Land, Cambusnethan.

Marriage: In the Burgh of Falkirk Stirling on the 6th March 1885 in the Bingh Building, Falkirk by declaration in the presence of John Paterson, Manifed? inar? Stirling and Allan Bacter Jeffrey Clerk, Falkirk. William Watson, spirit dealer , widow, aged 53, of Kirk Knowe Cambusnethan, Wishaw, father William Watson, Estate Manager, mother Janet Watson ms Lindsay, married Agnes Craig, spinster, aged 18 of Cambusnethan Wishaw, father John Craig, Iron moulder, mother Agnes Craig ms Gilchrist (deceased). Warrant of the Sheriff substitute of Stirling Dumbarton and Clackmannan dated 6 March 1885.

William, a widower, aged 53, married Agnes Craig (b1867) aged 18 in 1885. Agnes was the family maid. William and Agnes then had William (Bill) b1885, Janet Lindsay (Jenny) b1888, Agnes G (Nan) b1890, Mary (Polly) b1892, Jean (Jeanie) b1894, John L C b1897, Isabella Craig (Tibby) b1900 and David King (King) b1903.

In the 1891 census Agnes' two sisters, Jane and Bella are living with William and Agnes as servants.

In the Marriage Notice of 17 April 1911 for his eldest daughter Janet, she is described as the eldest daughter of the late William Watdon, Esq., of Rainnieshill, Aberdeenshire. This was probably an estate called Rainnieshill in Aberdeenshire.

Ref: Aberdeenshire Epitaphs and Inscriptions - Historical, Biographical, Genealogical, and Antiquarian Notes. John A. Henderson, 1907
The estate of Rainnieshill, which was long in the possession of the Thomsons of Banchory, was acquired in 1869 from the Trustees of the last Alexander Thomson of Banchory by George Thompson, Junior of Pitmedden, whose son, Cornelius Thompson, subsequently became proprietor. The Aberdeen District Lunacy Board, with a view to acquiring certain water rights, etc., off Rainnieshill, purchased the whole estate, but subject to the conservation of the Asylum requirements which were accurately defined-sold it, in 1900, to William Watson, KirkKnowe House, Wishaw.

There was a continuing association with Aberdeenshire even after William's death in 1911. Son William Jack Watson is listed in a 1925 directory as being from Newmachar Aberdeen and he dies there in 1949. Daughter Mary marries Harry James Rae and all their four children are born in Aberdeen, William's son John Lawrence Watson who was killed in WW1 in France is listed on a war memorial in Newmachar Aberdeen, and William's youngest son David King Watson dies in Aberdeen.

Death: On 22 October 1910 in the Parish of Cambusnethan, William Watson died, aged 79, at Kirk Knowe Camnethan. He was a wine and spirit merchant married to 1st Janet Jack or Gibb, 2nd Agnes Craig. His reputed father was William Watson, Estate Manager (deceased) and mother was Janet Lindsay, farm servant (subsequently married to John McArthur, Blast Furnaceman (deceased). Informant was W. Jack Watson, son.

William died a wealthy man on 22 October 1910. His estate was valued at 74,663 pounds.

The sons from William's first marriage went to Australia in 1879 and 1886. It is possible that William's second marriage to the maid, who was younger than these two sons may have been a factor in them leaving.

Cemetery records for the Private walled burial ground, between the old churchyard and the municipal cemetery at Cambusnethan.

Plot 446 & 447.

JANET WATSON. Housewife, Cambusnethan, aged 57 years, married.
Parents - George Jack and Jane Hill.
Interred in 447 on 12th November 1872.

AGNES WATSON. Cambusnethan, aged 2 weeks.
Parents - William Watson and Agnes Craig.
Interred in 446 on 5th February 1887.

WILLIAM WATSON. Spirit merchant, Cambusnethan, aged 79 years, married.
Parents - William Watson and Janet Lindsay.
Interred in 446 on 25th October 1910.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
William Watson
Death Date 22 Oct 1910
Death Place Wishaw
Probate Date 27 Jan 1911
Probate Registry London, England
WATSON William of Kirkknowe Cambusnethan-street Wishaw
died 22 October 1910 Confirmation of Agnes Craig or
Watson widow William Jack Watson, Alfred Moore
Bucher, wine merchant, Thomas Swinnerton, commission
agent, John Watson Little M.B. Ch.B., Colin C. Matheson
bank agent and Thomas Rae solicitor.
Sealed London 27 January.

and

WATSON, William, Spirit Merchant, Kirkknowe, Cambusnethan Street, Wishaw, died 22 October 191O, at Wishaw,
testate. Confirmation granted at Hamilton, 23 January, to Agnes Craig or Watson, Kirkknowe House,
Cambusnethan, Wishaw, widow, William Jack Watson, Gaucyhilloek, Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, Alfred
Moore Bucher, Wine Merchant, 17 Morton Street, Leith, Thomas Swinnerton, Commission Agent, Kirk
Road, Wishaw, John Watson Little, M.B., Ch.B., Newmains, Colin C. Matheson, Bank Agent, Wishaw,
and Thomas Rae, Solicitor there, Executors nominated in Will or Deed, dated 10 May 1909, and Codicils,
dated 18 June 1909, and 21 February, 9 May, and 19 September 1910, and recorded in Court Books of Com-
missariot of Lanark, 20 January 1911. Value of Estate, £74,663, 11s. 2d.

Motherwell Times 22 April 1927 P.7
THE PASSING OF WATSON'S
"PUB."
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The decision, last week, of the Licensing Court to withdraw the licence so long held by the late Mr William Watson and latterly by his widow, will remove one of the best known landmarks in Cambusnethan. How much it will be missed of course all depends upon the point of view. While it existed its position was peculiar not to say unique. Owing to the strong religious and temperance views held by Mrs Houldsworth of Coltness no licensed premises could be opened in Newmains, of which place she is the ground superior. Watson's "pub" was just over the boundary from Newmains and as a consequence it was the first port of call for thirsty blast-furnacemen in search of a refreshment. The intention, no doubt, was good to banish drinking facilities from Newmains, but the general opinion amongst those who have studied the matter is that it would have been wiser to have some kind of hostelry in the model village, for once a blast-furnaceman had walked the mile between him and felicity he was in no hurry to leave Wull Watson's to go back to his work, and as often as not his pocket and his constitution suffered more than they otherwise would have done. Now the aforesaid furnaceman will require to walk a mile and a bittock, and what the consequences to him will be it is easy to foresee.

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Janet JACK

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950
Janet Jack
Gender Female
Birth Date 14 Jun 1816
Baptism Date 12 Jul 1816
Baptism Place Shotts, Lanark, Scotland
Father George Jack
Mother Jane Hill
FHL Film Number 1066605 Reference ID 2:16L0ZX3

It is presumed from William Watson's (b1831) death certificate in 1910 where it lists Janet Jack or Gibb as William's first wife and from the 1861 Census that Janet Jack (b 1821) firstly married Mr Gibb and had three sons George (b 1847), Walter (b 1849) and William (b 1851).

Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910
Janet Jack
Gender Female
Marriage Date 13 Jan 1833
Marriage Place Bothwell,Lanark,Scotland
Spouse John Gibb
FHL Film Number1 042965, 0102888

In the 1851 census William is a lodger with his grandmother Mary Lindsay in Kirknowe.  Living in the next home was Janet Gibb, recently widowed, with some of her sons.  William aged about 21 must have married Janet Gibb (ne Jack) then aged 36 in about 1852.

Janet aged 36 then married William Watson aged 21 in about 1852 and had James (b 1853) and Alexander (b 1857).

Death: On 8 November 1872 in the Parish of Cambusnethan, Janet Watson died aged 57 at Watsons Land Camnethan. She was married to William Watson, spirit merchant.  Her father was George Jack, spirit merchant (deceased) and mother was Jane Jack (m.s. Hill).  The informant was William Watson, widower.

William aged 54 then married Agnes Craig (b 1867) aged 18 in 1885 and had William (b 1886), Janet Lindsay (b 1888) and Agnes G (b 1890).

Cemetery records for the Private walled burial ground, between the old churchyard and the municipal cemetery at Cam'nethan.

Plot 446 & 447.

JANET WATSON. Housewife, Cambusnethan, aged 57 years, married.
Parents - George Jack and Jane Hill.
Interred in 447 on 12th November 1872.

AGNES WATSON. Cambusnethan, aged 2 weeks.
Parents - William Watson and Agnes Craig.
Interred in 446 on 5th February 1887.

WILLIAM WATSON. Spirit merchant, Cambusnethan, aged 79 years, married.
Parents - William Watson and Janet Lindsay.
Interred in 446 on 25th October 1910.

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5. Captain William Jack WATSON

Birth: William Jack Watson was born 13 July 1885 at Watson's Land, Cambusnethan. Father William Watson, spirit merchant, mother Agnes Watson ms Craig. Parents married 6 March 1885, Falkirk. Informant: William Watson, father.

William Jack Watson served in the Army, in the 1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders with a service number of 1286 and enlisted on 18 March 1911. He became a 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Feb 1911, a Lieutenant on 17 May 1913 and a Captain on 26 September 1914.

On 4 November 1914 William was given a bible sponsored by Shirley Alan when he was stationed at the training headquarters at Stagsden on the outskirts of Bedford.

William's younger brother John was also in the 1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders.

According to John's obituary in 1917, Captain William Watson, was stationed at Ripon when John was killed in 1917.

There is an entry in the 1925 street directory for Wishaw that reads - "W.J. Watson, (beneficiary, Cambusnethan Street) Gancyhillock, Newmachar, Aberdeenshire".

Marriage: 1934 Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire - William Jack Watson to Alice Victoria Taylor

WATSON William, Captain, of Kirk-knowe Terrace Cambusnethan, Gordon Highlanders, S, Wounded

Death: William Jack Watson, Farmer (Retired), married to Alice Victoria Taylor, died 14th April 1949 at the Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, aged 63. Father - William Watson, Landed Proprietor (deceased), Mother - Agnes Watson m.s. Craig (deceased). Informant - William J W Rae, Nephew, 85 King's Gate, Aberdeen.

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Alice Victoria TAYLOR

Birth: 1887 TAYLOR ALICE VICTORIA F ST PETER DUNDEE CITY/ANGUS 282/01 0867

Death: 1964 WATSON Alice Victoria, previous surname: TAYLOR F 76 STONEHAVEN /KINCARDINE 255/00 0002

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6. Agnes WATSON

Cemetery records for the Private walled burial ground, between the old churchyard and the municipal cemetery at Cam'nethan.

Plot 446 & 447.

JANET WATSON. Housewife, Cambusnethan, aged 57 years, married.
Parents - George Jack and Jane Hill.
Interred in 447 on 12th November 1872.

AGNES WATSON. Cambusnethan, aged 2 weeks.
Parents - William Watson and Agnes Craig.
Interred in 446 on 5th February 1887.

WILLIAM WATSON. Spirit merchant, Cambusnethan, aged 79 years, married.
Parents - William Watson and Janet Lindsay.
Interred in 446 on 25th October 1910.

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7. Janet Lindsay WATSON

Janet used to be called Jenny.  When she was married she lived at Kirknowe House Cambusnethan.

Marriage: In the Parish of Cambusnethan, Lanark, on 14th April 1911 at Kirk-Knowe House Cam-nethan, after Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland, Robert Scott, assistant manager (Steel Foundry), bachelor, aged 31, of 200 Firth Park Road, Sheffield, father James Scott, cashier (Iron Works) deceased, mother - Marion Scott m.s. McMillan, married Janet Lindsay Watson, spinster, aged 23 of Kirk-Knowe House, Cam-nethan, father William Watson, spirit merchant (deceased), mother - Agnes Watson m.s. Craig. Witnesses: Walter James Scott, Agnes Gilchrist Watson.

She died on 20 September 1971 and left an estate valued at 44,543 pounds.

Cambusnethan
A village and a parish in the Middle Ward of Lanarkshire". The village, now incorporated in WISHAW police burgh, stands 1 mile WSW of Newmains station and 1-1/2 miles NE of Wishaw station; contains a Masonic hall, the parish church, a Free church and a public school; and has fairs of the second Thursday of May and the fourth Thursday of  October.

The parish contains also the towns and villages of Wishaw, Newmains, Overtown, Coltness Iron-works, Clydesdale-Rows, Chapel, Stane, Morningside, Waterloo, Bonkle, and part of Shotts Iron-works.

The tract along the Clyde is low and level, consisting of beautiful fertile haughs, and sinking to less than 100 feet above sea-level; the surface thence has a general eastward rise, attaining 950 feet on Auchterhead Muir. The central parts, though naturally rich in aspect, are disfigured by mining operations, mineral works, and coal traffic.

Death: Scotland 1971 SCOTT JANET LINDSAY WATSON F 83 CAMBUSLANG GLASGOW/LANARK 627/00 0193

Probate Index:
WATSON or SCOTT Janet Lindsay otherwise Jenny Lindsay of
34 Peveril Av Burnside Rutherglen died 20 September 1971.
Confirmation sealed London 31 December.

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11. Lieutenant John Lawrence Craig WATSON

Lieut. John L C Watson of the Gordons, second son of Mrs Watson, Kirknowe House, Cambusnethan, was educated at Dollar Academy.  Generally speaking he was the first lad of his year in all outdoor sports.  He captained the Cadet Corps and was captain of the Rugby XV in 1914-15, playing in the three quarter line.  He received his commission in the Army in February 1915.  After a course of training he went to France.  Two months later he was invalidated home suffering from trench fever.  Having recovered, he rejoined his regiment and returned to France towards the end of 1916.  It is understood that the battalion to which he belonged had seen some very heavy fighting.  He was killed in action during fighting in the Roclincourt Area of France that took place from 9-12 April 1917.  Lieut. Watson was extremely popular with his brother officers and also with the men who served under him, and in civil life he was not only a very popular lad, but of a most lovable disposition.  He was 20 in February 1917.  His elder brother, Captain William Watson was stationed at Ripon when John was killed.

He never married.

WATSON John L C Lieutenant, of Kirk-knowe Terrace Cambusnethan, Gordon Highlanders, S, Killed


From the War Graves commission:
WATSON, JOHN LAWRENCE CRAIG Rank: Lieutenant   Date of Death: 09/04/1917  Age when killed: 20, 5th Bn. Regiment: Gordon Highlanders Nationality: United Kingdom Grave location: Bay 8 ARRAS MEMORIAL France.  Son of late Mr and Mrs William Watson of Kirk-Knowe House, Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

Rank: Lieutenant
Surname: WATSON
Forenames: JOHN LAWRENCE CRAIG
Age: 20
Unit: 5th Bn.
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Date of Death: 9 April 1917

The final entry on his record card reads "Grave replaced W.O. 11 A.C.S 22.1.18".  It is believed that the entry would have been made by officials in 1918, at the time when provisional temporary wooden markers were placed on the burial locations of casualties, and at that time, whatever initial  basic marker had been placed there (for example a gun head, piece of wood or shrapnel with a name attached, etc.)  would have been removed.   It was then job of the commanding officer concerned, to record such details, and it may be that 'W.O.ll A.C.S.22.1.18' refers to Warrant Officer who noted the grave, A.C.S being their initials, followed by the date.

Listed at the memorial in Arras which recorded his name.  Pas de Calais, France Cemetery/memorial reference: Bay 8 and 9. Was killed near Roclincourt.

The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kms due west of the railway station. The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 50.28670, 2.76057

Probate Index:
WATSON, John Lawrence Craig, Kirkknowe House, Cambusnethan, Wishaw, Lieut., 5th Gordon Highlanders, was
killed in action, 11 April 1917, in France, testate. Confirmation granted at Hamilton, 14 June, to Agnes
Craig or Watson, Kirkknowe House aforesaid, widow, Executrix nominated in Will or Deed, dated 6 May
1916, and recorded in Court Books of Commissariot of Lanark, 14 June 1917. Value of Estate, Pounds 1581, 3s. 9d.

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12. Isabella Craig WATSON

Birth SP:  1900 WATSON ISABELLA CRAIG  F CAMBUSNETHAN LANARK 628/00 0882

Isabella (Tibby) held the women’s' altitude record for flying in 1931.

Isabella Young, held both a St. John Ambulance and Red Cross first aid certificates). Prior to her marriage at Christ Church Cathedral, Mexico City, in April 1934, Mrs. Young was well known in flying circles, being granted the 10,000th aviators certificate of the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain. She also held the altitude record for light aeroplanes of the Scottish Flying Club.

During the war Mrs. Young was a F.A.N.Y./M.T.C. ambulance driver attached to the American Ambulance G.B., and gave much of her spare time to Civil Defence, Bournemouth.

She was elected to the Civil Defence Social Club, but it was the more serious side of Civil Defence in which she was interested.

Death: Isobel Watson Young
Birth Date: 5 Nov 1900
Date of Registration: Apr 1984
Age at Death: 83
Registration district: Poole
Inferred County: Dorset
Volume: 23
Page: 546

Probate Index:
YOUNG, Isobel Watson of St Leonards Hospital St-Leonards
Ringwood Hants died 2 April 1984 Administration
Winchester 25 Jul

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