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The MacWatts Remembered

country: Great Britain

comments: My paternal family, the MacWatts, lived for three generations in the large stone house at the other end of the town from the Jim Clark Room. The house became a hospital in the 1920s and 1930s. They were doctors and had a strong association with India - my great-great Uncle Sir Charles MacWatt, became Surgeon-General of the Indian Army. His photograph hangs on my wall in London. His first wife died when a World War 1 artillery shell used for decorative purposes exploded in the drawing room - a fact I communicated to the present owners of the house a few years ago.
The house in which the MacWatts lived is called 'Haymount'. Various members of the family are buried in the old churchyard and in the newer cemetery on the edge of the town.

I would be interested to hear from people who have useful recollections and knowledge of the family. Duns and the borders are a deeply-rooted part of my life.

jonathan mantle

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Date: 25/10/2005

Duns Scotland, Scottish Borders UK