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Edmund Hannay Watts (1830-1902)

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Edmund Hannay Watts (1830-1902)

1902 Obituary [1]

EDMUND HANNAY WATTS died at St. Leonards on July 13, 1902, aged seventy-two years. He was born in 1830 in Blyth, and was a descendant of the founders of shipbuilding at that town.

Educated in Bedlington, he went in 1845 to Newcastle, one of his early associates being Mr. W. H. Scott, now head of the Quayside firm of Scott Brothers.

In 1851 he began business on his own account at Blyth as merchant and shipbroker, and later a branch was opened at Newcastle. He was a member of the Committee of Lloyd's Register and a past president of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom. He was one of the original promoters of the Barry Railway.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.

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