Janet ‘Jesse’ Nimmo Watson, née Armour (1861-1882)
This map from The National Library of Scotland is from 1882 and shows how close Andrew was to Jessie. Shields Street runs parallel to Watt Street.
A year later, Rupert Andrew Watson was born at 144 Buccleuch Street. It is likely this is where Andrew and Jessie began their married life together. By the time of Agnes Maude’s birth, they had moved to 1 Rutland Crescent, Kinning Park, and four years later, in the 1881 Census, they were living in Afton Place, off Paisley Road, not far from the tenements Jessie had grown up in.
It is unclear why the Watson family chose to move as frequently as they did. Even though Watson may have been relying on inheritance, frequent changes of address are often due to economic reasons.
Five years after their marriage, the family moved to London where Watson would become a civil servant and a member of the ‘establishment’. The family live on Langham Road in Tottenham, close to Stoke Newington, where Andrew had lived while studying at King’s College.
The inscription on Jessie’s headstone quotes Jeremiah 15:9, “Her sun went down while it was yet day”, the context of which expresses sadness at a mother’s loss of a child, but it also laments the premature loss of a loved one.
The choice of the monument and the inscription expresses a profound sadness and grief that Watson may have endured for many years.
Shields Road runs parallel to the track lines