Robert Downie Watt

Generation 1 / IX d

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Robert Downie Watt d.25 May 1909

Marine Engineer in China; manager of Taikoo Docks, Hong Kong.

Married November 1890 Charlotte "Lottie" Murray b.21 May 1861 at Cruden d.3 September 1938 at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and buried there 7 September 1938, daughter of Alexander Murray (5) of Nethermill b.1811 d.10 September 1901 (death certificate) and Janet Innes Anderson b.May 1829 d. d.12 May 1910 (death certificate) buried 14 May 1910.

They had the following children:

F i Bertha Murray b.1892.
Married Albert George Warner Inerd Cooper b.1883 in Woolwich d. 21 September 1949 in Oxted.
M ii Arthur Murray b.1894. Shell Oil Co.
Married Olive Thompson. They had the following children:
Sub-Lieutenant John Kenneth Murray RN RFA killed in action 15 March 19411;
Beth Murray (married R Smith, having children
  Simon Hardy,
  Guy Murray);
Anne Murray.
1KIA 15th Mar 1941 while serving on HMS Ark Royal and is commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm Lee-on-Solent Memorial. From Feb to Apr 1941 this force (Force H) carried out an unsuccessful search for Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in the Atlantic and is likely that Sub Lt Watt's aircraft was lost at sea during these searches.
M iii Kenneth Murray b.1896 killed in action 1917 in World War 1. Unmarried. .
F iv Jean Murray b.1900 d.1900. .
M v John Murray, Accountant.
Married 1928 Nancy Maris. They had the following children:
Robert Murray b.1928 at Watford.
 (married 1951 Adrienne Patricia Baylis, having children
  Penelope Jane b.1952 at Halstead Essex [married 1973 David Wallace having children
   Ruth Catherine b.1979,
   Thomas Robert b.1981
   Daniel William b.1984]
  Ferlina Elizabeth b.1957 at Norwich),
  John Murray b.1955 at Norwich [married 1984 Sarah Smith having children
   Oliver Murray b.1988
   Rebecca b.1991]
  Ferlina Elizabeth b.1957 at Norwich [married 1980 Paul Garnham - since dissolved - having children
   Sophie Joanne b.1985
   Benjamin James b.1987]
Priscilla Murray b.1932.¹
¹Emails from Robert Watt 10 August 2010 14:37 and 16 August 2010 16:54

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson, which you can see on

And the rest

Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

28 February, 2021