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John Watson (1844-1911)
1911 Obituary 
JOHN WATSON was born at Broughty Ferry, Scotland, on 20th October 1844.
He was educated at his native town and at the High School, Dundee, and then in 1859 he commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. John Watson and Son, sawmillers, Broughty Ferry.
After four years he went to complete his apprenticeship with Messrs. James Carmichael and Co., engineers, of Dundee. On the termination of his apprenticeship in 1866, he remained with the firm for four years as fitter and erector, and then was engaged for four years in their drawing office.
From Dundee he went to Blackburn where he was engaged for five years as chief draughtsman with Messrs. W. and J. Yates, and then in 1879 he became chief engineer to Messrs. Poznanski, of Lodz, Poland, which position he held for four years.
On his return to England in 1883 he was appointed chief draughtsman with Messrs. Mirrlees, Watson and Co., of Glasgow, and in the following year he went to Australia where he superintended the construction of a sugar-mill for Messrs. J. T. and T. Tookey, of Sydney.
On its completion in 1886 he returned to England and became chief assistant to Messrs. W. and J. Yates (subsequently Yates and Thom), with which firm he was engaged for about eleven years, excepting two - 1894-96 — during which he acted as manager for Messrs. Lamberton and Co., of Coatbridge.
In 1900 he removed to Warrington, where he was appointed chief engineer to the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co. This position he held until his death, which took place at St. Anne's-on-Sea, Lancashire, on 16th July 1911, in his sixty-seventh year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1903; he was also a Member of the Manchester Association of Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.