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Wednesday, 5 March 2008

George Watson Ancestry Tour Scotland

George Watson Ancestry Tour Scotland. George Watson, born 23rd November 1654, Edinburgh, died 3rd April 1723. George Watson was born in Scotland to parents John Watson, a merchant and Marion Ewing. He was orphaned at an early age, but thanks to his aunt, Elizabeth Davidson, he was sent in 1672 to be educated in book-keeping at Rotterdam. He returned to Edinburgh to become, in 1676, private secretary to Sir James Dick. Based partly on this experience he became one of Scotland's most famed accountants of his time, and was appointed chief accountant to the Bank of Scotland when it was founded in 1695. George Watson is buried in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Kirkyard, and although the precise location of his remains is unknown, there is a memorial plaque in a wall in the north-west of the graveyard.

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