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Memorable Manitobans: William Douglas Watson (1893-1953)


Born at Winnipeg on 31 March 1893, son of William R. Watson and Mary L. Johnstone, he attended Victoria-Albert School and the Winnipeg Collegiate, graduating in Arts from the University of Manitoba (1913) and receiving a law degree in 1915. He was a partner in the firm of Richards, Sweatman, Fillmore, Riley & Watson. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1944. He served on the executive of the Manitoba Bar Association, was chairman of its legislation committee for two years, and was Treasurer (1946) and Secretary (1947).

On 20 July 1920, he married Marion Scott Seaman (?-1975) at Winnipeg and they had four sons: William Watson, Robert Watson, Bruce Watson, and Blake Watson. He was President of the Blackstone Club of Winnipeg (1940). He became involved with the Boy Scouts in the early 1930s and served for four years as President of the local district, the Manitoba Provincial Council (1937), Vice-President (1944-1946), and President (1946-1947). He was a member of St. Stephens-Broadway United Church and was chairman of its board of stewards for six years.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 304 Montrose Street, on 19 March 1953 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Winnipeg QC, scout official dies Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1953, page 15.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1953, page 28.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2019

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