Clan Watson

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Welcome to Clan Watson

Clan Watson Team
Team Leader
Team Members Bill Vincent, Kimber Dascani, Lesa Little
Clan Chief: Armigerous Clan. Note: Last known Clan Chief was James Watson of Saughton in 1818, son of Charles Watson of Saughton and a direct descendant of Richard Watson 1st of Saughton, according to the Register of the Lyon Court (Vol. 2, Folio 178, 1818).
Crest: Two hands extending from clouds and holding the trunk of an oak tree sprouting out fresh branches.
Motto: Insperata Floruit (Unexpectedly Flourishing)
Slogan/War Cry:
Region: Midlothian
Historic Seat: Saughton House
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Pipe music:
Gaelic name:

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Watson together with members bearing the name Watson, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan Watson.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Watson on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Watson



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Clan Watson

Clan Watson is a armigerous Scottish Clan with no current Chief. According to the Register of the Lyon Court (Vol. 2, Folio 178, 1818) the last registered chief was a James Watson, Esq., of Saughton, who was recorded in 1818 as "direct male line from Richard Watson of Saughton, to be described as: Chief of the name in Scotland". Thus James Watson was recognised as Chief of Clan Watson. There is no further record. The lands appeared to have been at Saughton, now a suburb of Edinburgh. Saughton Park was once part of Holyrood Abbey and were acquired by Richard Watson in 1537. Richard Watson was married to Janet Stenhope, one of the Stenhope family who held the nearby Stenhope mills – now known as Stenhouse mansion. The seat of the Watson's was Saughton House, demolished in 1918, which stood on the present site of Broomhouse Primary School. The family of Watson also held, along with others, a tack on the lands now known as Saughtonhall; these would have been farming lands near the river held to Holyrood Abbey. These lands should not be confused and they, eventually (1651), fell, by marriage, to the possession of Sir Alexander Maxwell of Calderwood, who then became Lord of Saughtonhall.

Research, conducted by the Clan Watson Society of Canada, suggests that James Watson had two sons, both were killed in the Boer War, and that his only daughter, Helen, married the Earl of Morton. No research of other lines can be found.

It is likely that there are many source families for the name of Watson.

Crest: Two hands holding the trunk of an oak tree sprouting and the hands issuing out of clouds
Motto: Inspirata Floruit (It Has Flourished Beyond Expectation)

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Watson tartan
Watson tartan

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Thank you, Philip. Here is the page of Scotland Project approved tartans It states the criteria the project uses. If you click on the images, you can see we cite the following site for all of them.
posted by Sarah Mason
Get info re Watson Tartan at Scottish Tartan's Authority

Name of Tartan:Watson (Name) ITI Number:307 Category:Name Designer / Source:Watson, Rev MhuirDate:1932 Slog:BKB:YGY Colour Sequence:BKBRBKGYGY Thread Count:B48-K4-B4-R4-B4-K40-G32-Y4-G4-Y6 Watson (Name)Notes:Now in general production as a Watson tartan. Watson website (Nov. 2004) says designed in 1932 by Rev. Mhuir Watson, minister at Glamis Church. Dalgety notes said "Rev MacKien(sp??) of Glamis for family use." Nomindex notes say "For George Watson's former Pupil Club" For the time being, assumed to be 'Name.'

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And to add to Sarah's comment above, the tartan we are using is STA/STWR ref: 307, which should be the same as shown by Please advise if you find a discrepancy.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
edited by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

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