George Watson

(1654—1723) accountant and benefactor

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(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.

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