At the Circulating Library Author Information: William Davy Watson
Author: William Davy Watson (1811–1888)
Biography: William Davy Watson was born in 1811 in Kidderminster. He attended Hazelwood near Birmingham, University College London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a B.A. in 1835 and an M.A. in 1837. Watson was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1837. He was an active journalist: he edited the Edinburgh Courant and served as the London correspondent for the Manchester Guardian. Watson wrote two novels—Trevethlan: A Cornish Story (1848) and The Lily of St. Paul's (1852)—and one poem Cache-Cache: A Tale in Verse (1862). According to his obituary, for more than twenty years, he "was a familiar figure at the Reform Club. His ready knowledge bore witness to his extensive reading." He never married and died in 1888 in London.
References: Academy (11 February 1888); British Census (1881); Reilly
- Trevethlan: A Cornish Story. 3 vol. London: Smith, Elder, 1848.
- The Lily of St. Paul's: A Romance of Old London. 3 vol. London: Smith, Elder, 1852.