- James Beaton
Watt, Robert (bap. 1774, d. 1819), physician and bibliographer, was baptized on 1 May 1774 in Stewarton parish church, Stewarton, Ayrshire, the youngest of the three sons of John Watt, farmer, of Bonnyton, Ayrshire, and his wife, Jean Calderwood. Watt's early years were spent on his father's small farm. At the age of six he was sent to the local parish school, where he was an able pupil whose intellectual abilities aroused the jealousy of his contemporaries. He remained at this school until he was twelve, when he became a jobbing ploughman around the neighbourhood of his father's farm. While still in his teens he travelled to ...