Selected: WATSON, JAMES, & CO. *


Born: 1859/60
Died: -


Stained-glass manufacturers, of Youghal, Co. Cork.  According to family tradition, James Watson, who was born in England circa 1860, came from a long line of English stained-glass makers.   In 1888 he moved to Youghal (1) with his wife, Mary, and his sons Hubert and Maurice, presumably to work for the Decorative Arts Guild of Youghal which had been established by MICHAEL J.C. BUCKLEY.& MICHAEL J.C. BUCKLEY.& #160; James Watson appears to have taken over the business from Buckley, probably in 1903 or 1904.   His second and third sons, Maurice, born in England in 1887, and Clement, born in Ireland in 1888, worked with their father in the business, which passed to Clement, then to Clement's six sons. One of these sons, Cecil (d. 2012), became the principal artist;  another son  James, set up a stained-glass business in Belfast.  The Youghal firm passed eventually to Cecil's grandson, Peter, who died in August 2004.  

Watson & Co. exhibited stained glass at the St Louis World's Fair of 1904(2) and was awarded a gold medal at the Munster and Connacht Exhibition of 1906.  The firm appears to have been represented in London for a time, as some of its glass is inscribed 'James Watson & Co., Youghal & London'.    In 1918 the firm patented a system of ornamenting the back of pieces of sheet glass which were to be attached to walls and ceilings.(3) 

Address: 85 North Main Street Youghal, 1911;  North Main Street, Youghal, 1915.(3)

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References
Information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the 1901 amd 1911 censuses of Ireland and from Jo Kerrigan, 'Stained glass through the centuries: the Watson family of Youghal, Co. Cork', Ireland of the Welcomes  50, No. 2 (Mar-Apr 2002), 24-31(illus.). 

(1) Paul Larmour, The Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland (1992), 114-5.
(2) Building News 115, 21 Aug 1918, 133.
(3) Guy's Cork Almanac and Directory (1915), 442.

6 work entries listed in chronological order for WATSON, JAMES, & CO. *


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Building: CO. LIMERICK, MURROE, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY (RC)
Date: 1910-1922
Nature: 21 windows in church designed by firm between 1910 and 1922.
Refs: Information from Marian Neville, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Aug 2011.

Building: CO. CORK, FERMOY, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1937
Nature: Renovation of windows at cost of £313.5s.2d.
Refs: Parochial accounts of St Patrick's church, Fermoy (information from Mgr James O'Brien, Buttevant, Co. Cork, Aug 2010).

Building: CO. CORK, BUTTEVANT, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1959
Nature: New stone tracery for 6 nave windows.
Refs: Information from Mgr James O'Brien, Buttevant, Co. Cork

Building: CO. CORK, INNISHANNON, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: Window depicting St Patrick and Christ.
Refs: Note by Rory O'Donnell (B. of I.)

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, WILTON ROAD, CHURCH OF ST JOSEPH (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Stained glass. For Society of African Missions.
Refs: St Joseph's Church Wilton Centenary 1887-1997 (1997), 12

Building: CO. CARLOW, BAGENALSTOWN, CHURCH OF ST ANDREW (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Windows in nave signed by Watson of Youghal.
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