David Waterson, RE, FSA, (Scot)

Scope and Content

Photocopies of entries relating to David Waterson in reference works and newspaper articles relating to him and his wife c.1954-1964; scrapbook and miscellaneous notes and sketches 1918-1921; water-colour studies of the Hymenoptera of Angus c.1919-1923; miscellanea.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Waterson, artist, painter, etcher and mezzotint engraver, was born in Brechin in 1870. He studied at the Edinburgh School of Art, was elected ARE in 1901 and RE in 1910. He married Ann Wallis, a St Andrews graduate in 1924 and was granted the Freedom of the City and Royal Burgh of Brechin in 1954, a fortnight before his death.

He was a keen entomologist and was responsible for discovering a species of wood wasp, hitherto thought to exist only in fossil form, in the ancient forest of Montreathmont near Brechin.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the Deputy University Secretary in 1981 and Professor Lendrum of the Pathology Department in 1983 (AccM/152, AccM/196).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, January 2002.

Other Finding Aids

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Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History

After Waterson's death his wife gifted his drawings of the Hymenoptera of Angus to Queen's College, Dundee. They were taken to the Department of Zoology by Professor Peacock, and after his death in 1976 they were found amongst his papers by his son and returned to the University. They were held in the Photographic Department in the University Library, where they remained until deposited in the Library's manuscript collection in 1981.


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Additional Information

The material is original.