Robert Lowson Watson

Military Information

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  • Rank: Captain
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  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: 9 Windsor St, Dundee
  • Age at Death: 38
  • Date of Death: 08.02.1916
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Western Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: 10.13A

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 08.02.1878
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Director, James Watson & Son, Distillers, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Jane Anne Tawse Watson

  • Father:

    Robert Lowson Watson

  • Siblings:

    Jane, James, Alice, Margaret, Edith, Ethel & Herbert

  • Spouse:

    Isabella Fullerton Watson, 12 Douglas Tce, Broughty Ferry

  • Children:

    Edward Fullerton, born 18.06.1906 & Beatrice Isobel, born 24.04.1910

More about Robert Lowson Watson

Robert was the brother of Cpt Herbert Sanderson Watson 8th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders who was killed in action 26.09.1915.

Robert Lowson Watson   3/4 Black Watch



Captain Robert L. Watson, 3/4th Black Watch, died with tragic suddenness yesterday at his residence, 9 Windsor Street, Dundee.

Captain Watson, who had been resident in England with the battalion, returned home a few days ago for a short furlough.  He was not feeling in the best of health, but nothing serious was anticipated, and it was a great shock to his relatives when he expired very suddenly, death being due to heart failure.

Deceased, who was thirty-eight years of age, was the only surviving son of the late Mr R. L. Watson, of James Watson & Co., Ltd., distillers and wine merchants, Dundee, and himself took an active interest in the large business conducted by the firm.  He was formerly an officer in the 1st V.B.R.H. in the old Volunteer days, and joined the 3/4th Black Watch on the formation of the battalion shortly after the outbreak of war.  His younger brother, Captain H. S. Watson, 8th Gordon Highlanders, was killed at Loos in September.  Deceased is survived by a widow and two children.

Dundee Courier 9th February 1916

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell. Further additional information courtesy of Gary Fitzpatrick “Dundee’s Own” Facebook page.

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