Sir James Watson

Biography of Sir James Watson

Sir James Watson
Sir James Watson

Sir James Watson (1801-1889) was an alumnus of the University who became a lawyer and was one of Glasgow's first full-time stockbrokers. He was Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1871 to 1874.

Watson was Chairman of the Glasgow Stock Exchange for twenty-two years from its opening in 1844. He was involved with Lord Provost John Blackie Jr in the Philanthropic Company, set up in 1861 to acquire property for clearance. In 1866 he became the first Deputy Chairman of the City Improvement Trust and he was one of the founders of Glasgow's first three model lodging houses, and of the Mechanics' Institution. He was knighted in 1874.


Sir James Watson

Born 10 March 1801.
Died 14 August 1889.
University Link: Alumnus
Occupation categories: accountants; stockbrokers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P151776
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Record last updated: 27th Feb 2008

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