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Watson, Richard (1781–1833), Wesleyan Methodist minister and theologian, was born on 22 February 1781 at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, the seventh of the eighteen children of Thomas Watson (1741/2–1812), a saddler, and his wife, Ann Watson. Though early connected with Methodism, Thomas became a Calvinistic dissenter and gave ...


Richard Watson (1781–1833) by Samuel William Reynolds junior, pubd 1842 (after John Jackson) © National Portrait Gallery, London