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George Dan Watson - "This singular being, who in everything but his extraordinary powers of memory and calculation is almost idiotic, was born in Buxted in 1785, and has followed the occupation of a labourer. He is ignorant in the extreme, and quite uneducated, not being able to read or write; and yet he can with facility perform some of the most difficult calculations in arithmetic. The most extraordinary circumstance however is the power he possesses of recollecting the events of every day from an early period in his life." from Hones Table Book.


See also The Worthies of Sussex by M.A. Lower (1865) published in 1865, Buxted the Beautiful by Rev. K.H. MacDermott published in 1929 and Men of Sussex published in 1934.
Date Type Information Source
 
1785BornIn the Parish of Buxted, SussexIGI - Family Search
Batch J15204-3
 
26th Jun 1785ChristenedAt St. Margaret's Church in the Parish of Buxted, SussexIGI - Family Search
Batch J15204-3
 
c 1830George Watson, The Calculator - c 1830At George Watson, The CalculatorBuxted The Beautiful
 
c 1835ResumeHorsfield's Sussex
 Extract from Horsfield's History of Sussex
George Watson, the Sussex Calculator. This singular being, who, in every thing but his extraordinary powers of memory and calculation, is almost idiotic, was born at Buxted, in Sussex, in 1785, and has followed the occupation of a labourer. He is ignorant in the extreme, and uneducated, not being able to read or write; and yet he can with facility perform some of the most difficult calculations in arithmetic. The most extraordi­nary circumstance, however, is the power he possesses of recollecting the events of every day, from an early period of his life. Upon being asked what day of the week a given day of the month occurred, he immediately names it, and also mentions where he was, and what was the state of the weather. A gentleman who had kept a diary, put many questions of this kind to him, and his replies were invariably correct. Watson has made two or three tours into Hampshire, Gloucestershire, and Somersetshire, and has exhibited his singular powers in the principal towns in those counties; is familiar with every town, village, and hamlet in Sussex; can tell the num­ber of churches, public-houses, &c., in each. Phrenologists, who have examined George's skull, state the organ of numbers to be strongly developed.
 
Jul 1838DiedIn the Parish of Maresfield, SussexBuxted The Beautiful
 
1929ResumeBuxted The Beautiful
 Extract from MacDermott's Buxted the Beautiful
George Dan Watson, born in Buxted in 1783, was a farm labourer, who, although quite uneducated and unable to read or write, was gifted with a wonderful memory and extraordinary power of calculation. He could answer the most abstruse question in arithmetic, but never could explain by what method he arrived at his answers. He could state where he had been and whom he had met on any day for 30 years, on what day any date of the month occurred during that time and what was the state of the weather. Watson knew the name of every town, village and hamlet in Sussex, the size of every church and weight of its tenor bell, the number of public-houses as well as the acreage and population of each parish in the county.
To exhibit his strange powers Watson was taken on a tour to the principal towns in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset. He died at Maresfield in July, 1838.
 
Ancestor's report
No descendent's report
Watson, Whatson, Watson-Smyth family records
  
The ancestral pedigree of George Dan Watson
 
  
  not marriedElizabeth Watson 
    b: c 1760
  
  
 George Dan 
 b: 1785 Buxted, Sussex
ch: 26th Jun 1785 St. Margaret's Church
d: July 1838 Maresfield, Sussex
 
Parental record
 
 

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