John Cathcart Watson,(1848-1921), sat in Parliament in New Zealand and Scotland. In his twenties he established a model village at Barrhill in South Island, which for some years showed real potential.
Following the failure of this venture he returned to Scotland in 1900 and was returned for the seat of Shetland and Orkney.
Apart from his huge size being over six foot six inches tall, he was remembered for passing his time during debates in Parliament knitting.
A British parliamentary delegation, consisting of abut 100 MPs and Lords went to Paris to attend a dinner at the Hotel Continental on 29th November given by M. Lanessan, the editor of the anglophile newspaper Le Siecle. Each of the parliamentarians was presented by the Editor with "a handsome commemorative plaquette or rectangular medal in silver by M. Rene Gregoire, representing France and England embracing at the altar of peace and bearing the date of the visit and the name of the recipient." (The Times, 30th November 1903).
If you require further information on this item you can contact us in a number of ways. Click here to see our contact information.