Donald & Jeff Watson


In 1950 Donald and Joan Watson married, and in the following year bought Barone in Dalry in Galloway, from a local doctor who was emigrating to Australia. By the mid 1950’s they soon filled the rambling house raising their four children, Pam, Jeff, Kate and Louise. While Donald travelled round the UK working as an artist and illustrator, Joan became very involved with life in the local community, teaching in Dalry school.


DONALD (1918 - 2005)

Donald Watson was one of Britain’s foremost bird artists and writers in the second half of the 20th century. He lived in St John’s Town of Dalry, Galloway with his wife and family for over 50 years. Donald illustrated over 30 books, including the outstanding 98 plates in The Oxford Book of Birds, and authored 5 books. His work was a classic marriage of bird study and art that stimulated a generation of field ornithologists and bird artists. The hen harrier was his signature species.

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JEFF (1952 - 2007)

Jeff Watson was known the world over as an authority on that most majestic of birds, the golden eagle. He pioneered methods of studying this shy and elusive bird which have influenced its conservation worldwide. His book “The Golden Eagle”, published in 1997, is regarded as a classic, and was recently translated into Japanese.

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