Robert Spence Watson
On the 9th June 1863 he married Elizabeth Spence Watson.
He was one of the original convenors of the National Liberal Federation in 1877, and was its president from 1890 until 1902.
From 1890 till 1911 Watson was the president of the 'Society of Friends of Russian Freedom'. He contributed much to the society's printed organ "Free Russia".
- Howe, Anthony; Morgan, Simon (2006). Rethinking nineteenth-century liberalism: Richard Cobden bicentenary essays. Ashgate. p. 239. ISBN 0-7546-5572-5. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Gateshead commemoration plaques
- The Life of Robert Spence Watson, by Percy Corder, published 1914 by Headley Bros.
- John Morley, Joseph Cowen and Robert Spence Watson. Liberal Divisions in Newcastle Politics, 1873 - 1895', by E I Waitt, Thesis submitted for the degree of PhD at the University of Manchester, October 1972. Copies at Manchester University, Newcastle Central and Gateshead public libraries.''
- Entry on Robert Spence Watson, on Ben Beck's website
- Entry on Robert Spence Watson, on the website of Watson Burton, the law firm of which he was a founding partner
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