Catherine Watson

Other names: 
Kate
Dates: 
Born 1870, died 28 July 1889

Catherine Watson, daughter of Henry Watson, shipbroker of Glasgow, swam out to sea to rescue two boys and a girl, the sons and daughter of a solicitor of Melrose (Mr Curle), who had been swept out to sea by the tide at North Berwick. She had just been bathing herself and was dressing when she tried to rescue the children, but died in the attempt. The children were saved by the coastguard.

Rev. W. Lee Ker, Minister of Kilwinning, saw the event unfold. "Miss Watson had only returned from bathing and was dressing when she saw from her house the danger in which the young persons were. Without hesitation, and simply with the clothes she had on, she hastened into the water. I saw her, quietly but determinedly, making her way through what was really an angry sea towards the boy."

Mr Henry Watson was informed that: "... practiced swimmers who were here on Saturday informed me that few strong swimmers would have ventured out in such a sea."

Sources
North Berwick in Old Picture Postcards (1990)
Haddingtonshire Courier, Dundee Courier and Argus,
weeks August 2, 9, 16 and 23rd 1889, June 27th 1890 of Haddington Courier; July 29, 1889 of Dundee Courier and Argus