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Watt, James (1698-1782), Merchant

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Surname: Watt
Forenames: James
Gender: Male
Date: 1698-1782
History: James Watt of Greenock was occupied as a merchant, a builder, a ship's chandler and a shipwright and had an interest in the American shipping trade. He also served as a member of Greenock Town Council for over 20 years.
  • Cartsdyke, Renfrewshire
  • Greenock, Renfrewshire
Biography: ODNB link for Watt, James (1698-1782) Merchant
Genealogy: James Watt of Greenock was the second son of Thomas Watt and the father of James Watt, the engineer and inventor. He was apprenticed to a builder and shipwright in Cartsdyke (Renfrewshire) and moved to Greenock about 1729 when he married Agnes Muirhead, the daughter of Robert Muirhead, a Glasgow merchant. The couple had three children: James, the engineer; John, who entered the shipping business and was drowned at sea in the Bahamas in 1763; and Jean (d. 1771), who married John Cochrane, schoolmaster of Inverkip.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/P153709 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/P39637 )
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1724-1787: accounts, corresp and business papers
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
NRA 22549 Watt

See Annual report 1994-95

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