Watt, James

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There are two records for students named James Watt attending The Glasgow School of Art at the time of the First World War. On the Roll of Honour, James Watt is listed as part of the Cameron Highlanders battalion. (1) A James Edward Watt was born in Montrose on the 10th of April 1889, one of two children of Bella Watt, (née Eaddie) and William Watt, a hairdresser. Watt attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1910 as a part time student of life drawing. Whilst studying, he also worked as a journalist. In the 1911 Wales Census, a James Watt who is noted to have been born in Montrose, was present as a soldier and gunner of the Royal Garrison Artillery in Wales. His age is recorded at 22 years old, matching James' date of birth so it is likely that he travelled to Wales after attending GSA. During the First World War, Watt served as a Captain in the British Army and Army Cyclist Corps. After the war, he continued to work as a journalist and married Mabel Heriot Lindsay Macpherson, a shop assistant, on the 18th of September 1920. He died on the 23rd of September 1953, in Inchture, aged 64, of causes unrelated to the war and is buried in Sleepyhillock Cemetery in Angus. (2) A James Simon Alexander Watt was born in Peterhead, Aberdeen on the 29th of September 1894 to Mary Ann Watt, (née Henderson) and John Watt, a journeyman painter. In the 1901 census, Watt is recorded to have had two younger siblings named Margaret Allardyce and Amelia Jane. Watt attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1921 to 1922 as a full time student of sign-writing, a practice involving the design and manufacture of advertisement signs. At this time his occupation is noted as a painter. Watt married Elsie Torkington Chadwick, a widowed weaver, on the 20th of January 1922. Watt's death was recorded in February 1996 in Canterbury, Kent. At this time, he was 101 years old. James Watt is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; Scotland's People: Scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Lives of the First World War: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org


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