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William Robertson Watt was born in Aberdeen in 2nd January 1894, one of four children of Isabella Watt (née Rennie) and William Watt, an insurance agent. Watt attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1911 to 1913 as a student of architecture. During the First World War, Watt served in the Highland Light Infantry regiment. Watt held the post of Lanarkshire County Architect from 1942 to 1957. Watt married Mary Halley Irving in Kilmarnock in 1923. He died in 15th September 1963 at Carlisle Infirmary. 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.