The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Chryston
Poet Laureate Walter Watson It was during this period that Walter Watson, the poet, lived and died (1780-1854). Watson, son of a weaver, had a chequered life. He was principally a weaver but he spent time as a farm hand, a sawyer, three years soldiering, and working in a print work. He was for a time secretary of the local branch of the Weavers' Union. He married a local farmer's daughter and had a family of nine to support. He found he had the ability to pen rhymes in a simple manner and on topics known to his listeners. Some of these were later published, and some put to music. He became known as the "Poet Laureate" of Chryston, and his fame spread throughout the parish of Cadder. The granite obelisk which stands in Chryston Parish churchyard marks his birthplace, and his grave can be found in the lee of the church next the dividing wall
The Story of Chryston
by Neil Kidd