Watt, George T

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Watt, George T

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George Watt was born in Aberdeen in 1865, one of two children of Christina and William Watt, a commercial book keeper. He worked from 1879 with Matthews & Mackenzie architectural practice as an assistant. He then obtained a place in the office of Campbell Douglas & Sellars in Glasgow in 1885. Watt attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1885 to 1886 as a student of architecture. He returned to Aberdeen in 1887. He attended classes in building construction at Gray's School of Art from 1887-89. Watt was admitted FRIBA on 4 March 1907. Watt was married to Jean, a daughter of George Collie, a notable advocate in Aberdeen. During the First World War, Watt served as a private in the Highland Light Infantry regiment. Watt was Justice of Peace for the County of the City of Aberdeen and served as Vice President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects. He retired in or about 1928. He died on 18 December 1931. Watt is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.

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