William "Willie" Watt

William "Willie" Watt was a one-club man, a forward, playing for Queen's Park from seventeen in 1881 until 1888. But he could never be said to have been a regular in the club's first team and, in spite of winning the Scottish Cup, it was in the year when his team was given a walk-over in the Final by the non-appearance in 1884 of Vale of Leven. Yet he was in 1887, the year before he stepped back from playing, to win a cap, albeit a single one, and in a 4:1 victory over Ireland in which he, firstly, partnered fellow Spider, John Lambie, up front and central, as the latter also won a first cap, as captain and to this day as as the youngest Scots international ever, and, secondly, with Watt opening the scoring in just five minutes.

William Wallace Watt had been born in Partick in 1864, his grandfather a Shipowner and Merchant, his father a Merchant and all three, including his mother originally from Irvine. However, by 1871 the family had moved south of the Clyde, staying with well-to-do friends in Bellahouston, and by 1881 was staying in the Mount Florida area, where Willie was to remain for the rest of his life, and, of course close to both the first and second Hampden Parks. 

Meantime, however, it seems the young Watt from fourteen had been indentured to the Merchant Navy, coming out to work as a Clerk. And it was as such that he continued to work apparently humbly through and after his footballing career, after which he turned his attention to cricket, captaining Cathcart C.C. and becoming club secretary. Yet by 1911 Willie Watt was a Shipowners Manager, working for the major shipping company, J & A Allan, and living on Prospecthill Road and a decade later on Crosshill's Queen's Drive. And at both long-term homes, never marrying, Willie would stay with two of his sisters, both also unmarried. Indeed when he passed away at the latter address in 1943 at the age of seventy-nine it was one of those same sisters who would sign the death off. 

Birth Locator:

1864 - Freeland Bank (now Laurel St./Crathie Court), Partick, Glasgow


Residence Locations:

1871 - of Hope Villa, staying Kirkland Villa, Bellahouston with family

1881 - 6, Wendover Crescent, Mount Florida, Glasgow

1891 - 3, Victoria Drive, Cathcart

1901-11 - 180, Prospecthill Road, Cathcart Glasgow

1921-43 - 62, Queens Drive, Crosshill, Glasgow


Death Locator:

1943 - 62, Queens Drive, Crosshill, Glasgow


Grave Locator:



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