Watson Family History

Watson Coat of Arms

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It was BRERETON ROSS ROLLA PORTER PEMBERTON WATSON of this particular Watson line who came to Van Diemen' s Land (VDL) in 1824, soon followed by his younger brother FELTHAM BOLD. Brereton was a naval Lieutenant in the East India Company.  Both men married daughters of JOHN WADE who came to VDL with Lt-Gov David Collins in 1804, who led the first permanent British settlement of Tasmania. JOHN WADE, who arrived with David Collins in 1804, in turn, married Catherine, daughter of RICHARD MORGAN, a first fleeter (1788), who was the first settler on the eastern shore of Hobart (1806).

Brereton was the son of JOHN AND ANGELINA WATSON of LONDON.

Any one who believes they are connected to this particular WATSON line, or who simply are interested, please contact REG. A . WATSON. (website: www.regwatson.com).

The Watsons, as a people, came to England with the Norman invasion and are connected to and descend from the Watsons of Rockingham Castle, Rutland. From there they settled in Ireland returning to London, then to VDL.

Rockingham Castle
Rockingham Castle ancestral home of the Watsons

A family history (pdf format) has been written and can be purchased and is available on CD or USB. Posted within Australia $25.  Or email  for $20.

An booklet on Richard Morgan and family is also available. $10 posted.

A descendant of Richard Morgan - Steven Clark has produced an authentic Tasmanian Mead. More information is available here

Mr Reg. Watson has spent more than four decades researching this family line and over the years had come in contact with many other family members, a number who are fine family researchers. The line of Watson, embracing the Brereton line, can go directly back to the mid 15th century. It is a fascinating line, members taking part in major events of history.

Contact :

Reg. A. Watson
"Rockingham Cottage"
7/550 East Derwent Highway
BOWEN PARK Tasmania. 7016