John Watson

6 September 1747–
Peebles, Peebles-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Watson was born on 6 September 1747, in Peebles, Peebles-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Watson, was 22 and his mother, Jean Thomson, was 18. He married Agnes McClaughry about 1771, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters.

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John Watson
Agnes McClaughry
Marriage: about 1771
Isabella Watson
Agnes Watson
Ann Watson
Thomas N. Watson

Spouse and Children

about 1771
New York, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Watson


    Jean Thomson





    Janet Watson


    Jean Watson


World Events (5)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 55

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
1811 · The Tron Riot

Age 64

The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.

Age 68

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Wat ( see Watt )

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Watson, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Birth and christening record for John Watson
  • John Watson, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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