Frederick Watson


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(1885–1935) married (1911) Hilda Jones. Younger son of ‘Ian Maclaren’, he was educated at Sedbergh School, Edinburgh University, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before becoming a partner in the publishers Nisbet & Co. He published fiction between 1912 and 1924 including The Ghost Rock, or, White Man's Gold (1912) and Shallows (1913), a historical novel about the Young Pretender, and founded the Cripple, a magazine devoted to the cause of handicapped children. He was also a journalist, and the biographer of the hunting novelist R. S. Surtees (1805–94). He and his wife were joint masters of the Tanatside hunt: they lived in Dorset. In emulation of his father he published some of his work under the pseudonyms ‘John Ferguson’ and ‘Ian Ferguson’.

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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