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Reginald George Watson, British Resident Of Perak And Mrs R G Watson
Reginald G Watson was born in June 1862, in Alahabad, India, and was educated at Haileybury College, Hertford, England. He joined the Straits Settlements Civil Service as a cadet in 1883. His first appointment was as Private Secretary to Sir Cecil Clementi Smith. From there he was reappointed first as Officer of Land Office, Malacca in 1887 and then British Resident of Perak in 1913, an appointment which he held until 1919.
He was married to Sydney Francis Vivien Presgrave, great-granddaughter of an early Resident Councillor in Malacca , namely Edward Presgrave (1795-1830). She is shown in the right hand photograph above.
Reginald G Watson passed away in 1926.
Ipoh Remembered advises that:
"Miss Presgrave had her own indirect connection to Ipoh: her uncle was Edward William Presgrave, whose Penang firm opened one of the first law offices in Ipoh. More than that, he was a co-founder of the Times of Malaya (several years before Jack Jennings was hired)."