William Watson
(1858-1935)

Died aged 77

Sir William Watson (2 August 1858 – 11 August 1935) was an English poet, popular in his time for the celebratory content, and famous for the controversial political content, of his verse. Initially popularly recognised, he was then neglected because of changing tastes.

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Sir William Watson. Born August 2nd 1858. Died August 13th 1935. Poet and humanitarian was born at Peel Place, Burley-in-Wharfedale. Here he spent his youth and gained inspiration from his native dale. "To thee what wealth was that the immortals gave the wealth thou gavest in thy turn to men." (From his poem On Wordsworth's Grave.)

Queen's Hall, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale, United Kingdom where they was born near (1858)