Richard Watson was born in Barton-upon-Humber and died in London. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1797 and was President of the Conference in 1826. His Theological Institutes (1831) were written, in the era before the beginning of formal Wesleyan ministerial training, to provide Wesleyan ministers with detailed arguments with which to rebut Calvinism, Socinianism and rationalism. The Theological Institutes remained the key dogmatic text for Methodists on both sides of the Atlantic until their supersession by W.B. Pope's Compendium of Christian Theology after 1880.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.