Watmaugh was born in London, England, and attended King's College London. He has worked as a reporter (the Cornish Guardian, a 'Talks Producer' (BBC Third Programme) and an editor (Ace Books). He immigrated to Canada in 1960, to Kitsilano in Vancouver, British Columbia. where he lived for 40 years with his partner, ex-Californian Floyd St. Clair, now a retired University of British Columbia French professor and opera critic. He became a Canadian citizen in 1967.
Watmough now lives in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver.
In 2008 he published his autobiography, "Myself Through Others: Memoirs".
- A Church Renascent: A Study in Modern French Catholicism - 1951
- Names for the Numbered Years: Three Plays - 1967
- Ashes For Easter and Other Monodramas - 1972
- From a Cornish Landscape - 1975
- Love & The Waiting Game - 1975
- No More Into the Garden - 1978
- Collected Shorter Fiction of David Watmough: 1972-82 - 1982
- Unruly Skeletons - 1982
- The Connecticut Countess - 1984
- Fury - 1984
- Vibrations in Time, Mosaic - 1986
- The Year of Fears - 1988
- Thy Mother's Glass - 1992
- The Time of the Kingfishers - 1994
- Hunting With Diana - 1996
- The Moor is Dark Beneath the Moon - 2002
- Vancouver Voices - 2005
- Geraldine - 2007
- Myself Through Others: Memoirs - 2008
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