James Watson

28 Jun 1747 - 30 Sep 1805
John Watson, writer in Edinburgh, 1709-1783
Isabella Abercromby, 1710-1769
77 Princes Street
Writer to the Signet 1770. He was legal agent for Catherine Byron Gordon, Lord Byron's mother: there is a collection of letters from him in Aberdeen University Archives dealing with her financial affairs around the time of Lord Byron's birth in January 1788 (4).
Wealth at death
£4,100, including an eighth share of a ship and a library worth £44.
Chapel connection
Charlotte Chapel Trustee
(1) m.1788 Nicolas Buchan (d.1790), daughter of Thomas Buchan of Auchmacoy, Aberdeenshire, and (2) m.1795 Isabella Milne.
James (according to Terry (5) he was a Writer who became a Trustee of Charlotte Chapel after his father's death, but he does not appear to have been active in Edinburgh: he possibly went to Canada), Nicolas (or Nicola, c.1770-1837 m.Robert B. Wright MD of Jamaica), Samuel.


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. John Smith, Monumental Inscriptions in St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Edinburgh (Older Portion) (Edinburgh, Scottish Record Society 1915) p.20.
  4. Aberdeen University Special Libraries and Archives, MS 932 (online catalogue entry accessed 26 January 2012
  5. George F. Terry, Memorials of the Church of St John the Evangelist, Princes Street, Edinburgh, second edition 'revised and enlarged' (Edinburgh: Robert Grant 1918)
  6. James Watson's Will and Inventory, National Archives of Scotland CC8/11/2/242 and CC8/11/2/241

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