Watt, James (1698-1782), Merchant
This page summarises records created by this Person
The summary includes a brief description of the collection(s) (usually including the covering dates of the collection), the name of the archive where they are held, and reference information to help you find the collection.
|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.|
|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 )|