The Watt Family
Written and Researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.


Left: Buchan Arms Middle: Buchanan "Old Sett" Plaid Right: Buchanan Arms

The Watt family is associated with the Buchanan Clan. Its Clan plant badges is the Oak.

The War Cry of the clan Buchanan is "Clan Innis," and their motto is: clarior hin honos or "Brighter hence the honor."


Watt is a dimunutive of Water, a form of Walter. "In a fishing village in Banffshire a number of years ago it stated that of the 300 inhabitants, 225 answered to the name of Watt, and many Watts are still found in Aberdeenshire." It is most common in NE Scotland.

Watts - "son of Watt" is found mainly in Aberdeenshire (Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History. New York: The New York Public Library, 1999, 804)

George Watson-Watt (1892-1973) was born in Brechin, the son of a carpenter and descendant of James Watt, pioneer of the steam engine.

James Watt (1736-1819) was born on January 19, 1736, in Greenock. He married Margaret ? (d 1773). He was the pioneer of the steam engine, an inventor, and engineer. The unit of power known as the Watt was named after him. (Shaw, Carol F. Famous Scots New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.

An Alexander Wat was recorded in Panmure in Angus in 1512. Walter Wat was in Brechin in 1586, and Patrick Watt in Turriff in 1609.


Watt - a falcon, proper, hooded and belled, or. Motto: Fide et fiducid (By fidelity and confidence).

Watt - a hawk, proper

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