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Historical References

"WATSON, 'son of Walter,' from the diminutive form Wat or Watt. Sir Donaldus Walteri, a presbyter of the diocese of Moray, 1493, is mentioned in a document of 1612 as Sir Donald Watsone (Beauly, p. 104, 167). The full form Walterson also occurs in common use. John Watson held land in Edinburgh in 1392 (Eeidii, p. 28), Robert Watsoun was accused of being a forestaller in Aberdeen in 1402 (CRA., p. 384), and Thomas Watson of Stanhous was one of an inquest held at Dunipace in 1426 (Cambus., 87). John Watsoun of Garwaswould was juror on an inquest made at Lanark in 1432 (RAA., n, p. 61), and Nicholas Watson of Dalkeith held a land in the Appilgate of Arbroath in 1450 (ibid., p. 77). Waiter Watson, burgess of Dumbarton, was a landowner there in 1494, and a long succession of bailies, provosts, and other town officers descend from him. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the name was common throughout the Lowlands, and is one of the most common surnames in the northeastern counties. John Watsone was tenant of Uthircloy, Ardmanoch, in 1504 (ER., xn, p. 661). Andreas Watson was elected bailie of Aberdeen, 1509 (GuUdry, p. 193). Some of the MACWATTS, q.v., on the Highland line have translated their name to Watson. Vatsone 1533, Vatsoun 1573, Wateson 1462, Watsoune 1517, Wattsone 1686. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)

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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Watson Family History

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