Andrew Watson (commemorated last year for his death 100 years ago)
was born on May 24, 1856 in what is now known as Guyana, a country in the north-east of South America
Watson is considered one of the most influential football players of his time
he captained Scotland and led his team to historic victories against England and Wales.
The Google Doodle webpage says: “On this day in 1884,
Watson took the field for Scottish football team Queen’s Park in the first game played at the new Hampden Park Stadium.”
Andrew Watson lived a fascinating life with a unique background.
According to the National Records of Scotland, Watson’s Scottish father, Peter Miller Watson
made a ‘problematic fortune’ as a sugar planter -
gaining directly from the slave trade - and married Hannah Rose,
a British-Guayanese woman before the two had Andrew and his sister.