Person Male Born 9/5/1771 Died 30/1/1855
Philanthropist, educationalist and prominent lay churchman. Born Tower Hill. Went into his father's wine merchant business. 1811 he took the house at Clapton. A leading member of the "Hackney Phalanx" a high-church coterie. Here the National Society for Promoting Religious Education, still going in 2015, was founded, along with a number of other organisations with similar aims.
About 1822-1840 he lived at 6 Park Street Westminster where he was busy with Parliament promoting church building.
The Hackney plaque is confident that Watson returned to the same house in Clapton but we can find no confirmation of this and it seems unlikely, unless perhaps members of his family moved in when he moved out. He spent the remaining 15 years with his late wife's sister and family at Clapton (but we can find no actual address) and in Daventry with his brother's wife and family. Died Clapton.