Artist: Donald Watson

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Date of Death:
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Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

Moved to St John’s Town of Dalry in 1951


St John’s College, Oxford

Professional Bodies:

Founder Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, 1964; first honorary member, 2002

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, Royal Institute


The ornithologist George Waterston


Festival of Britain Dumfries Centre, exhibition catalogue Landscapes and Bird Life in Galloway, St John’s Church Hall, Dumfries, June, 1951 

Illustrator of The Oxford Book of British Birds, OUP, 1962

Author and Illustrator of Birds of Moor and Mountain, Scottish Academic Press, 1972; The Hen Harrier, Poyser, 1977; A Bird Artist in Scotland, Witherby, 1988

Obituary The Scotsman 16/11/2005

Image of the artist, Robin Bryden


As a boy Donald Watson was encouraged by the great wildlife artist Archibald Thorburn.

At first an Edinburgh based landscape and bird painter, he first came to Tynron near Dumfries at the invitation of Arthur Duncan, Chairman of the Nature Conservancy Council.

 Donald Watson had a particular ability to relate wildlife, particularly birds to their landscape.  His own special interest was in the hen harrier.