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WATSON, Robert

Born: 1865
Died: 1916

Architect


Was born and educated in Edinburgh. It is not certain where he received his training. In 1888 he was elected an Associate member of the RIBA and by 1890 he was in London in the office of James MacLaren since in that year he entered into partnership with WN DUNN whom he had met while they were both working in MacLaren's office. On MacLaren's sudden and early death they took over his office in London, probably in 1890 (cf DUNN & WATSON). In 1904 Watson was elected a Fellow of the RIBA, in the same year as Dunn. The partnership continued until Watson's death in 1916. Dunn wrote the obituary for Watson which appeared in the Royal Institute of British Architects Journal (19.2.1916:143, 144, 160) and in The British Architect (25 Feb 1916:103-04).

ARIBA 1888; FRIBA 1904. (RIBA Jnl 19 Feb 1916:143, 144, 160; The British Architect 25 Feb 1903-04)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing WATSON

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pp 46