James Watson (MP)
Watson was born at Birmingham the son of James Watson, of Edgbaston and his wife Mary Spreadborough. Watson was a cheesemonger in Birmingham. In 1875, he purchased Berwick House near Shrewsbury and moved in four years later after extensive reconstruction. There he established one of the first herds of Jersey cows in England. He became a J.P. for the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. He served as treasurer of the Salop Infirmary in Shrewsbury in 1886.
Watson died at the age of 78.
Watson married Jane Willan in 1856 and they had a daughter Florence.
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