Henry Robertson Watson

8th Jun 1801 - 13th Feb 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. "James Watson (d. 1808) of Crantit, Orkney, was factor for the estates of Lord Dundas. He married Christian Robertson (1780-1842) whose family (Robertsons of Kiltearn) had many connections with Demerara. Four of their five sons - Harry (Henry) Robertson Watson (1801-36), Andrew Watson (1803-37), William Robertson Watson and Peter Miller Watson (1805-69) - went out the Demerara, where the two older brothers died. The fifth brother, James [b1809], became a lawyer in London."

  2. Henry Robertson Watson was born in Crantit, 08/06/1801 and died in Demerara 13/02/1836.

  3. Henry's father James Watson died in 1808 and on 26/07/1811 his mother remarried, to Thomas Stuart Traill of Turlot. Their eldest child and Henry's half-sister Ann (1812-1873) married George Parker (1806-1860, q.v.), a partner in the West Indian trading company Sandbach, Tinne & Co. (q.v.).


  1. David Alston's website, 'Slaves and Highlanders', http://www.spanglefish.com/slavesandhighlanders/index.asp?pageid=325719 [accessed 18/10/2013].

  2. The genealogies of the families of Douglas of Mulderg and Robertson of Kindeace (Dingwall, A.M. Ross & Co., 1895), p. 23, available via Open Library at http://archive.org/stream/genealogyoffamil00doug#page/24/mode/2up [accessed 18/10/2013].

  3. Ibid., pp. 23-24. Brenda M. White, ‘Traill, Thomas Stewart (1781–1862)’ ODNB. Associated manuscripts: National Library of Scotland GB233/MS.19329-19336, Papers of Thomas Stuart Traill; Liverpool Record Office, 920 PAR/22 Parker Family Papers which includes letters between Thomas Stuart Trail, Christian Robertson and their children.

We are grateful to David Alston for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
H.R. Watson
[died unmarried]

Associated Claims (2)

£298 1s 3d
£68 8s 0d

Relationships (5)

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Addresses (2)

Crantit, Kirkwall, Orkney, Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Kiltearn, Ross & Cromarty, Highlands & Islands, Scotland