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Lt Col John Williams Watson

Lt Col John Williams Watson

Male 1780 - 1814  (34 years)

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  • Name John Williams Watson 
    Prefix Lt Col 
    Born 13 Jan 1780  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jan 1814  Tarragona, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5466  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 

    Father David Watson,   b. 1748,   d. 1818  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Mary Dixon,   b. 1751,   d. 1843  (Age 92 years) 
    Family ID F2254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse Ann Elizabeth Nash,   b. 11 Oct 1776,   d. 23 Nov 1813, Minorca, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married Apr 1802  St Martin, Stamford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F2261  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      John Williams Watson 1780-1814
      John was born on 13 January 1780, the son of David Watson and Mary Dixon, in London. He was named after his father's uncle John Williams.

      John was a battalion commander with the 31st Regiment at Talavera, July 27-28, 1809, and is mentioned in despatches (Spain). He was awarded a gold medal and promoted to lieutenant-colonel.

      On December 6, 1810 he succeeded Lt-Col Proponthieu as the commander of Dillon's Regiment. Dillon's was founded in 1653 as a French regiment by Sir James Dillon, and soon became legendary, fighting at famous 18th-century battles such as Fontenoy and Lanfeld. The regiment surrendered to the British in 1793 and was taken onto their strength as the 101st Irish Regiment, or Dillon's (Duke of York's) Irish Regiment of Foot (regiments could have several names).      This was a "Black Cockade", or mercenary outfit, the officers tending to hang on to their rank as long as possible as there would be little or no half-pay or pension. The regiment was regarded as unreliable due to the large number of desertions, but Dillon's fought well in Portugal, at Elba, and on the East coast of Spain. In February 1811 Lt-Col Watson was presented at the court of King George III, and on February 12, 1813, in London, he drew up his will.
      In late Novovember 1813, in Minorca, Ann Elizabeth died after three days illness.On January 20, 1814 John Williams Watson resigned from the Army while on the outskirts of Tarragona, and two days later he was dead. He was 34. Dillon's would fit at Tarragona in April, then at Barcelona and Gerona, and would be disbanded in December 1814.
      John's will was proved in London on May 10, 1814