1858 – Born on August 2nd in Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire. English author of lyrical and political verse, with a special gift for occasional poems.
1880 – His first collection, The Prince’s Quest, appeared and wrote prolifically.
1890-1892 – Watson’s ‘Wordsworth’s Grave’, his ‘Lachrymae Musarum’ (on the death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the poet laureate), and his coronation ode for King Edward VII contributed to his reputation.
– He had strong political views and attacked the government on a number of issues.
1917 – He was knighted.
1935 – Died on August 11th in Ditchling, Sussex.
1936 – Watson’s later poetry, appearing in an edition, remained firmly Victorian in idea and idiom.