Harry D. Watson

Harry D. Watson was born in 1946 in Crail, Fife, and grew up in neighbouring Cellardyke in the parish of Kilrenny, the subject of his book Kilrenny and Cellardyke: 800 Years of History (1986). He has also written a literary biography of his distant relative, the Anstruther-born poet and scholar William Tennant, as well as numerous articles on local and family history. Educated at Edinburgh University and Moray House College of Education, he is also a graduate in Scandinavian Studies of University College London, and is an active literary translator from the Scandinavian languages, especially Swedish. After teaching English and EFL for nine years in Sweden, Germany, England and Scotland, he became an assistant editor of the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue at Edinburgh University, retiring in 2001 as director and senior editor. He is married with two sons and lives in Edinburgh.