The Clan Watson Society

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Watson History & Research

Please bear with us while we continue to develop this page!

The aim of this section of the website is to cover all aspects of Watson history, from the development and spread of the name and its variants in the UK and Ireland, through the appearance and subsequent disappearance of the Scottish Clan that bore it, to its more recent spread across the globe.

As this area of the site grows, we'll talk about the ancient migratory patterns in north western Europe, we'll look at the various tribal societies in the UK and Ireland, the development of the Clan system and how the Watsons fit into all that.

I will also be continuing my research into the Watsons of Saughton, with any validated research contributing to the relevant area in the Watson History section.

We will pull together all research on the Watsons performed by the society as it gets up and running. Initially, data will be a little sparse and there may be a good number of hypotheses, but as more research is conducted hopefully we can fill in the gaps and reduce the amount of guesswork and assumption.

I’d imagine one of the main things driving people to this site and to the society is them exploring connections to their own past, so there will be quite an emphasis on the genealogical side of things. I will continue to populate the two databases (one for the family of the Clan Chiefs, and one for all other Watsons), so please feel free to check regularly for links to your own family history research and do keep sending in your data. I'd also love to start a DNA project to help understand the history of the spread of the surname, so if you are willing to share DNA test results, please let me know!

Specific areas I'd like to research include:

  • The origins and spread of the Watson name in the UK
  • Whether the Irish and Scottish Watson clans are related or arose independently
  • The origins and extent of influence of the Watsons of Saughton
  • The bloodline of the Clan Watson Chief to the present day
  • The connection between the Watsons and the Buchanans
  • The connection between the Watsons and the Forbes
  • If anyone else is researching any particular aspects of the Watson name, especially any of the above, please let me know if you would like your work to be covered here by using the Contact Page.


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