Black footballer. Born in Demerara (Guyana), Watson came with his family to Glasgow at a young age, where he learned to play soccer. Starting with small teams, he joined Queen's Park Rangers in 1880 and played with them until 1897 and thus was the world's first black football player. He gained three caps for Scotland (1881-82), captaining his country in his very first international. Such was his reputation that he was asked to play for local teams as he travelled the country. Thus he found himself part of a London team playing for the English FA cup in 1883-5.
Watson later emigrated for Australia and died in Sydney, where he is buried.