George Watson

(1654—1723) accountant and benefactor

'George Watson' can also refer to...

(George) Hugh Nicholas Seton Watson (1916—1984) historian and political scientist

George Lennox Watson (1851—1904) naval architect

George Neville Watson (1886—1965) mathematician

George Watson (1723—1773) Church of England clergyman and classical scholar

George Watson (1767—1837) portrait painter

George Watson Cole (1850—1939)

Sir George Mark Watson Macdonogh (1865—1942) army officer


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • British History


Quick Reference

(d. 1723). A merchant in Edinburgh, Watson became accountant to the Bank of Scotland, set up in 1695. He left a bequest for ‘the maintenance and education of the offspring of decayed merchants’. Building started in 1738 and Watson's hospital opened in 1741 with twelve boys. His institution became a day school in 1870 and a girls' school opened the following year.

From The Oxford Companion to British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

Reference entries