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Gordon Watt was born on Sep 25, 1865 and died on Nov 23, 1928

Gordon Beattie Watt was born on September 25, 1865 in Stonehaven, Kincardine, Scotland, in the church parsonage. His father was Rev. John Watt and his mother was Elizabeth Hector Birnie Watt.

In April, 1871, Gordon was five years old student and the youngest in the family. He had four older brothers (George Bernie, age 13; John, age 11; Thomas David, age 9; and James Leslie, age 8). They were living in the Fetteresso parsonage, and his father (48 years old) was the minister of the parish church. His mother, Elizabeth, was 39 years old.

In April, 1881, Gordon was 15 years old and busy as a student. He had a younger 10 year old brother, Harry L., living at home. The family was still in the Fetteresso parsonage. His father was 58, and his mother was 49.

He received an M.A. from the University of Aberdeen, in 1888.

He became the minister of the High Kirk, in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1896.

In April, 1901, Gordon was 35 and working as a minister of High Parish Kirk. He was living with his mother, Elizabeth, who was 70.

On July 15, 1902, he was married to Agnes Michie Dobie at St. Michael’s Church of N. Merchiston, Edinburg.

On April 28, 1905, they had a daughter named Agnes Aileen Gordon Watt at 10 Lonehead Street, Kilmarnock. She later married a medical doctor in India.

From 1912 to 1921, he was the minister of the stately yet beautiful and recently rebuilt (1906) St. Laurence Church of Forres, Moray, Scotland.

As with many of the popular Holy Spirit led preachers of the time, he entered the ministry and it was 15 years later when he finally came to the end of himself and quit trying to work for the Lord, and instead allowed God to work through him, making God his All in All.

Gordon Watt was one of the better known preachers (along with Griffith Thomas and Charles Trumbull) at the early American Keswick meetings. These meetings were held in Northfield, Massachusetts; Stony Brook, New York; Cedar Lake, Indiana; and the permanent “America’s Keswick” in New Jersey.

On April 1, 1922, Gordon and Agnes left the port of Liverpool aboard one of the “Big Four,” the Baltic. They arrived in New York on April 10, 1922. They were both 56 years old. They had $500 in cash on them, and were planning to stay 6 months with a friend, Mrs. D. Del Field of 21 East 26th Street, New York. The couple had the same height of 5 feet, 6 and a half inches, with gray hair and eyes. He had a fair complexion, and her complexion was ruddy.

The Mauretania was built in Wall-send-on-Tyne, Newcastle, England. It first sailed in 1906 and had quadruple screws, and traveled at 26 knots. It had four steam turbines, two masts and four funnels. It carried 2,165 passengers, and held the trans-Atlantic speed record.

On January 27, 1923, Gordon and his wife, Agnes, sailed from Southampton, on the S.S. Mauretania. They arrived in New York on February 2. Gordon was 57 years and 4 months old, and employed as a minister. His wife was 58. They had been in New York in 1922. They had $200 in cash and were to stay with their friend, Miss May at 263 West 25th St., New York. They hoped to stay as long as till August. Gordon is described as being 5’ 6”, with fair complexion, grey hair and brown eyes. Agnes was 5’6” with a ruddy complexion, grey hair and blue eyes.

The S.S. Aquitania was first sailed in 1914 and was built in Glasgow, Scotland. It had a quadruple screw, and travelled at 24 knots and carried over 2000 passengers. It had two masts and four funnels, but the fourth was just for looks.  After three months, it was made into an armed merchant cruiser, then it served as a hospital ship from 1915-1919, and was put back into passenger service after serving as a troop ship in 1919.

On November 3, 1923, Gordon and his family sailed from Southampton on the S.S. Aquitania. They arrived in New York on November 9, 1923. He was 57, his wife was 58, and their daughter was 18 and a student. Their hometown was in Edinburgh. Gordon and his daughter had $50 they were carrying, and Agnes had $60. He and his wife had been to the United States earlier that year, but this was the first time for their daughter. They were going to stay with a friend, Miss May of 263 W. 25th Street, New York, for six months. Gordon and Agnes were 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and their daughter was 5 feet, 5 inches tall. They all had a fair complexion. Gordon had gray hair and brown eyes. Agnes had gray hair and grey eyes. Aileen had auburn hair and blue eyes.

The S.S. Marloch was built in Belfast, Ireland. It was 517’ long and 60’ wide. It had a triple screw and went 15 knots. It carried over 980 passengers.

On June 12, 1925, Gordon and his family arrived in the Port of Glasgow, having sailed from Montreal, Canada, on the Marloch. Gordon was 59, Agnes 60, and Aileen was 20. They were living at Inverdovat, Newport, Fife, Scotland.

He died November 23, 1928 in Edinburg.


William Johnston, Roll of the Graduates of the University of Aberdeen 1860-1900. (Aberdeen, Scotland: University of Aberdeen, 1906), page 577.

Miles J. Stanford, Complete Works of Miles J. Stanford (Texas: Galaxie Software, 2002; 2002). Spiritual Sharing Service Series, No. 6 “Keswick’s Rise and Decline.” 1871 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1871 Scotland Census. Reels 1-191. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

St. Laurence Church website, (Florres, Scotland, 2012),, accessed Jan 4, 2013.

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Pages: 125. Edition: From 1923 edition

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