This a short note about Sir Robert Watson Watt, the pioneer of radar, which was developed just in time to significantly help win the “Battle of Britain”. I thought people would find the following of interest:
My grandmother was a cousin of Lady Margaret Watson Watt. Lady Margaret was the wife of Sir Robert during the war years.
I had the great honour of meeting her on many occasions; she told me how she accompanied her husband to Germany to observe what they were doing regarding radar.
She also told me that the Prime minister Sir Winston Churchill was very, very direct with his chiefs of staff but was a lot more measured with Sir Robert!
My late father remembers him as a “kind man with a big car who bought him an ice cream”.
I attended the funeral of Lady Margaret and was honoured to be a pall bearer in 1988; she was 102 years of age. I have since refurbished both their headstones: Sir Robert (Pitlochry) and Lady Margaret (Dunning). I have seen the statue of Sir Robert at the foundry and am delighted to say that Alan Herriot has made a terrific likeness. I hope to attend the unveiling.
Lady Margaret Watson Watt was always very gracious and remembered her involvement with her pioneering husband with great relish.
The statue will be unveiled in Brechin on September the 3rd by Princess Anne, it would have been nice had Lady Margaret Watson Watt been represented in an official capacity.