Richard Watson: Notes of Lectures

Scope and Content

Notes of lectures, 184 folios: (fo. 2) title page; (fo. 2v) rough notes; (fo. 3) notes by Richard Watson of lectures given by Gerras Holmes on natural philosophy; (fo. 66) notes by Watson of lectures by Holmes on optics; (fo. 134) notes by Watson of lectures by Holmes on hydrostatics; (fo. 180v) 'Lectures read by Mr. Holmes of Emanuel College in Cambridge', 'Cambridge 31' and scribblings; (fo. 184) 'twells Pigott Pigott Burslem Twells'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Watson (1737-1816) was born at Heversham, Westmorland, in August 1737. He was educated in Heversham, before becoming a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1754, then scholar, 1757 (B.A., 1759; M.A., 1762; D.D., 1771). He became a fellow in 1760, and professor of chemistry in 1764. In 1771 he was appointed regius professor of divinity. Watson was made a prebendary of Ely in 1774, and archdeacon, 1779-1782. He was rector of Northwold, 1779-1781, and of Knaptoft, 1781, before becoming bishop of Llandaff in 1782. He died at Calgarth Park on 4 July 1816.

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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by John Willis Clark, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Watson in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XX (London, 1909), pp. 935-938.

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Custodial History

The volume was sold at the sale of the Watson family of Calgarth Park, Westmorland, at Hodgson's, in 1909.

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