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Capt John Watson
The Cromarty Archive
Capt John Watson

Wearing his Boer War medal on his left lapel, and the Royal Humane Society medal on his right lapel (with one of the 5 Clasps he had to this initial medal). He later bought the Ailsa which ran between Cromarty and Invergordon.
Picture added on 28 November 2003
Watson was awarded the RHS bronze medal on 5 occasions, receiving the initial medal plus 4 clasps (not 5 clasps as above).
Medal 28/11/1894, RHS case no. 27450; clasp 1/10/1898. case no. 29787; clasp 19 9/1914, case no. 41276; clasp 11/11/1914, case no. 41280; clasp 13/9/1919, case no. 45187. The RHS bronze medal was awarded with 4 clasps on four occasions. It was awarded with 5 clasps only once (to Henry Sayer).
Added by Craig Barclay on 24 April 2006
I'm working on my family tree and my greatgrandmother had a brother John Watson born about 1865, who, I think, served in the Boer War. He'd trained as a ship's carpenter. My great-grandmother was Jane Watson, born 1860 in Fishertown. Their parents were Donald (Daniel) Watson, fisherman, dead by 1861, and Jane Hogg who died in 1919 at 17 Shore Street ... she'd been a 'sick nurse' according to various Censuses. I can't trace John Watson after the 1891 Census when he was in Edinburgh. Does anyone know if this could be the same John Watson? They also had a sister Isabella (Bella), married name Skinner, who died in 1913 at 85 Shore Street.
Added by Isabella Rae on 06 October 2007
I´m the granddaughter of John Watson, daughter of Ernest Watson and Edith Watson nee Quick living in South Africa. Left Cromarty in 1948.
Added by June Ann Watson (Lang) on 01 June 2012
Hello June...Good to hear from you after so long, bringing back happy memories of our childhood in Cromarty. I remember well the day you and the family sailed away to South Africa,and as it was then a world away from Cromarty. Your mother and my own mother (Grace) were good friends and you will probably remember the afternoon walks along to the "new harbour" at the red burn. I also remember,for a different reason the time your father pulled me out of the harbour otherwise I might not be writing this. Nice to hear from you June, and all the very best.
Added by Alex Grant on 08 June 2012
Thanks Alex, enjoyed your response. At the moment I am visiting my daughter and her family in Portugal. We were hoping to visit Cromarty but it doesn't seem as if we will be able to this time. I visited Cromarty a few years ago, met up with my cousin Clement and his wife Jean and my cousin Veronica. We stayed overnight at Ivy's Little Coutage, the visit was far too short but I managed to find my grandparents house at Sea Bank house and the house I lived in in Church Street. Enjoyed it very much.
Added by June Ann Watson (Lang) on 23 August 2012
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