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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Rev. Robert Watson, Ph.D., D.D.


THE Scotch Church in New York has had a long line of notable ministers since its founding in 1756, and the present pastor has won for himself an enviable reputation in other fields as well as in his present charge.

Rev. Dr. Robert Watson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, May 6, 1865, the eldest son of Robert and Catherine (Thomson) Watson, the descendant of two sturdy old Scottish families. He removed with his parents to Canada in 1873, where Dr. Watson ‘s father was for a number of years a Home Missionary in New Brunswick and afterward the representative of the British-American Tract Society in the eastern part of Canada and in Newfoundland. His mother lives with three sons and two daughters in New Brunswick. One daughter is Superintendent of Yarmouth Hospital, Nova Scotia, and one, with her husband, is a missionary in Korea.

Dr. Watson was graduated, B.A., from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, in 1893, and received his M.A. from Princeton, 1895, and Ph.D. from Gale, 1901; honorary D.D., Reformed Presbyterian College, Cedarville, 1905; Washington and Jefferson, 1915. He was graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1896. He was supply of the Gaston Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1895, and pastor, Oxford, Pa., 1896-1905, Second Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1905-1908, Church of the Covenant, Cincinnati, 1908-1915, and since 1915, of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, New York City. He was Professor of Pastoral Theology in Lane Theological Seminary, 1905-1909, and is a trustee of Lincoln University, Pa., Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio, and University of Wooster.

Dr. Watson is a life-member and Chaplain of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, and a member of Alpha Alpha and Alpha Sigma, and of the Clergy Club, New York, and Union Club, Cincinnati. He was a member of the Executive Committee, special representative of the Evangelistic Committee, and member of the Committee on Moral and Social Problems, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the United States; and has been a Commissioner to four General Assemblies and delegate to the Pan-Presbyterian Council, Aberdeen, Scotland, June, 1913.

Dr. Watson married, July 23, 1896, Georgia Maude Belyea, daughter of Henry Albert and Millicent (Nevers) Belyea, a well-known Loyalist and Huguenot family of New Brunswick. They have seven children: Paul Belyea, Knox Belyea, Grace Navarre, Ruth Navarre, Robert Belyea, Mary Stewart and Robert Wycliffe. The eldest son (Paul Belyea) is in the United States Naval Academy. Dr. Watson’s residence is 10 West 96th Street, New York.


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