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Anna May Watt

Anna May Watt

Female 1924 - 2009  (85 years)

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  • Name Anna May Watt  [1
    Born 4 Jan 1924  180A Buchanan Street, Old Monkland, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Born at 1:40 am
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 0009373 
    Died 19 Feb 2009  St Andrew's Hospice, 52 Main St, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I9373  Cumberbatch
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2014 

    Father David Watt,   b. Cal 1890 
    Mother Margaret Brennan,   b. Between 1886 and 1888, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1912  St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    • Witness: John Woods
      Witness: Bella Croly
    Family ID F2846  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jan 1924 - 180A Buchanan Street, Old Monkland, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Feb 2009 - St Andrew's Hospice, 52 Main St, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Fran and Anna
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      Frances Watt, BEM (16 March 1922 – 14 October 2003)[1] and Anna Watt, BEM (1924 – 19 February 2009) were two Scottish sisters from Coatbridge, Glasgow, who formed a singing duo. They came from a show-biz family, and were child performers touring Lanarkshire clubs from an early age. They initially joined their sister Lily, a pianist, on stage as puppeteers. This was to be the beginning of their career in show-business, a career that would last them almost seven decades. Lily became their manager, and continued until her death in 1998.

      Their father was David Watt, a ventriloquist and children's entertainer who went by the stage name "Valentine Prince". He came from a family of musicians. Fran & Anna Came from a family of five siblings, all of whom never married and shared a house in Coatbridge. They performed as "The Prince Sisters" internationally in the 1950s and 1960s, gaining an international following on the cruise ship circuit. It wasn't until the early 70s when they changed their name to "Fran and Anna" that they had any real success in their native Scotland. They appeared regularly on the Scottish Television programme Thingummyjig, and also appeared with Terry Wogan on his show in the 80s. Upon hearing of Fran's death Terry Wogan said: "Fran and Anna made a great impact on the Wogan show when they appeared in the 80s, having already established themselves in Scotland. They were a great success and even to this day people ask me about them. It is with great sadness that I hear that Fran has passed away. My sympathies go out to Anna, her family and friends."

      They were both awarded the British Empire Medal in 1989 for services in light entertainment.

      Fran and Anna were known for their tartan mini skirts, rouged cheeks and fish net stockings. Perhaps the look they were most famous for was jabot fronted tartan mini dresses, with matching tartan hats, each decorated with a large feather. Their style is often referred to as "tartan kitsch" They are reported to have worn their trademark style daily.

      Showbiz friend Johnny Beattie said "Despite all the years working beside them, I never ever saw either one without full make-up and costume, even when they weren't working. They came to the theatre like that and went away like that. In fact, I think they even went to bed like that."

      Fran and Anna performed countless times at the Pavilion Theatre (Glasgow) giving their last ever performance their in 2002, alongside Jack Milroy, Johnny Beattie and with Gordon Cree at the piano.

      Fran died of pneumonia in 2003, upon her death Anna said "I don't understand it. Fran hadn't been ill at all really before this. I'm just stunned. It just won't be the same... I don't know if I'll work alone, I don't know what I'm going to do."

      Anna died of natural causes at St Andrews Hospice in her hometown, six years after her sister Fran died [2009].

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_and_Anna
    • DEATH PARTS SINGING SISTERS FRAN AND ANNA

      BYLINE: Tracey Lawson

      THE world of Scottish showbusiness was in mourning yesterday with the news that Fran Watt, one half of the legendary sibling double act Fran and Anna, has died. Miss Watt, 81, who along with her sister became one of Scotland's best-loved entertainers, was found dead at the home the women shared in Coatbridge,
      Lanarkshire, on Tuesday this week. It is understood she died of natural causes.

      Fran and Anna came to prominence with their music- hall singing and dancing act in the 1950s, but became household names in the early 1970s with the Scottish television show, Thingummyjig. The sisters won a UK-wide profile in the 1980s, when they appeared on the BBC television chat-show, Wogan, earning them the brief sobriquet of "Wogan's Wonders". Mr Wogan yesterday led tributes to the entertainer. He said: "Fran and Anna made a great impact on the Wogan show when they appeared in the 80s, having already established themselves in Scotland. "They were a great success and even to this day people ask me about them. "It is with great sadness that I hear that Fran has passed away. "My sympathies go out to Anna, her family and friends." The sisters had a distinctive style, and were often spotted about their home -town wearing their trademark mini-kilts, fish-net stockings and sporting rouged faces.

      Miss Watt's younger sister is reported to be devastated by the death. Veteran entertainer Johnny Beattie, who worked with Fran and Anna on numerous occasions spoke of Fran's popularity. He said: "This is a sad day. Fran and Anna were very popular and very well liked. "Fran will be sadly missed by all that knew her."
      Iain Gordon, the manager of the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, where the pair last performed in 2001, said: "Fran and Anna were great Scottish legends and to lose one of them is a great loss."

      https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.obituaries/yAGwCi6QPxI

      Fran Watt
      12:01AM BST 22 Oct 2003
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      Fran Watt, who has died aged 81, was one half of a Scottish sibling double act, Fran and Anna, which became a national favourite during the 1970s.
      Fran and her younger sister Anna began their careers in the music hall and became household names in their fifties when they performed a regular song and dance act on Scottish Television's country dance show Thingummyjig, a grisly updated version of The White Heather Club.
      Heavily rouged, dressed in matching mini-kilts and fishnet tights, Fran and Anna - who were affectionately nicknamed the "gruesome twosome" by the show's presenter Jack McLaughlin - sent up the wholesome shortbread cake tin image of Scottish womanhood with a series of "comic" song-and-dance routines. While no great claims could be made for their couthie banter, it never descended into poor taste.
      Born at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, on March 16 1922, Frances Watt was two years older than her sister, Anna. Their father, who rejoiced in the name of Valentine Prince, was a children's entertainer and ventriloquist and the two girls made their stage debut at the age of five.
      They worked the music halls of Scotland for decades before finding a regular billet at the Pavilion Theatre in the city's Renfield Street, where they gained the support of the variety star Johnnie Beattie. After being taken up by Radio Clyde, they graduated to Thingummyjig.
      After the show ended, the sisters kept working despite their advancing years and performed on cruise ships and at concert halls around the world. In the 1980s, they made a memorable appearance on the BBC television chat show Wogan and briefly became known as "Wogan's Wonders".
      Their last performance was in 2001 at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, in the show Not Another Hogmanay, when Fran was 79 and Anna 77. They continued to draw crowds to the stage door.
      They were popular figures in their home town of Coatbridge where they were often to be seen walking, arm-in-arm, to the shops to buy mince or potato scones, but dressed in exactly the same clothes they wore on stage. "They were always dressed, always on show," Beattie remembered. "I think they went to bed like that."
      Staunch Roman Catholics, the sisters were faithful members of the congregation of St Augustine's Church, Coatbridge, where they never missed a service.
      She and her sister also did a good deal of charitable work. Fran and Anna Watt both received the British Empire Medal in 1989, "for their care and concern for others, whether factory workers, the handicapped or the elderly".
      Fran is survived by her sister.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1444751/Fran-Watt.html

      Frances Watt 1922 & Anna May Watt 1924 Births in Lanarkshire, Scotland


      Anna Watt
      SourceURL: http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=15903
      A unique chapter in Scottish showbiz history closed today with the passing of Anna Watt, one half of the variety sisters Fran and Anna, a duo who became household names in the early 1970s with the STV show, "Thingummyjig". Anna, 85, died of natural causes at the St Andrew's Hospice in Coatbridge, just over five years after her elder sister, Fran, died in October 2003 at the age of 81.

      In a career that spanned almost their entire lives, starting as child performers in Lanarkshire clubs, Fran and Anna were the embodiment of Scottish kitsch with their famous trademark tartan mini-skirts, matching bunnets, rouged faces and fishnet tights.

      The talented double act came to prominence with their music-hall singing and dancing act in the 1950s, followed by extended performances on the international cruise ship circuits, however, it was on the STV Scottish country dance show Thingummyjig that the pair found lasting fame, going on to greater fame with frequently calamitous appearances on Terry Wogan's chat show in the 1980s.

      The sisters were awarded with British Empire Medals in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1989 for their services to light entertainment.


      When Fran died in 2003 from pneumonia, Anna said:
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      "I don't understand it. Fran hadn't been ill at all really before this. I'm just stunned. It just won't be the same... I don't know if I'll work alone, I don't know what I'm going to do."

      GG.

      http://discuss.glasgowguide.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=15903


      Anna Watt of 'Fran and Anna' dies
      The sisters achieved a notoriety through their singing and mini-kilts
      Anna Watt, one half of the Scottish sibling variety act Fran and Anna, has died at the age of 85.
      She died at St Andrew's Hospice in Airdrie. Her elder sister, Fran, died in October 2003, aged 81.
      The pair came to prominence with their music-hall singing and dancing act in the 1950s.
      They became household names in the early 1970s with the STV show, "Thingummyjig". They last performed in 2002 at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7899458.stm

      Anna WattSourceURL: http://www.heraldscotland.com/funeral-for-variety-star-anna-watt-1.903548
      Funeral for variety star Anna Watt
      heraldscotland staff
      Tuesday 24 February 2009
      Family and friends of variety star Anna Watt paid their last respects at her funeral today at the church where she was baptised.
      Family and friends of variety star Anna Watt paid their last respects at her funeral today at the church where she was baptised.
      Mourners packed into St Augustine's RC Church in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, for a requiem mass this morning.
      Anna and her sister Fran found fame in the 1950s when they toured music halls with their popular singing and dancing act.
      Ms Watt died aged 85 at the St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie on Thursday.
      Sibling Fran died in October 2003 at the age of 81.
      The sisters were the daughters of a children's entertainer and made their stage debut as youngsters, becoming a national favourite in the 1970s when they performed clad in mini-kilts and tartan bunnets.
      Three of Anna's young relatives donned tartan tights today in tribute to the star.
      Canon James Foley, who led today's service, said that Anna was someone who managed to successfully balance both aspects of her life.
      He said: "She had a very busy and hectic career but there was another side that we have come to know very well, her spiritual life.
      "This parish and community of faith meant everything to her.
      "Anna May very clearly knew how to bring these extremes together in her life."
      He talked of the music halls in which the sisters performed, describing it as "the magnificent world which created artists such as Fran and Anna".
      Canon Foley remembered the pair's gift for comedy, describing how one day after a heavy snowfall he saw the pair dressed "in all the panoply of the music hall" with the addition of sunglasses.
      Anna told him: "You may be wondering why we're wearing sunglasses. It's because we don't want anyone to know who we are."
      The Bishop of Motherwell was also at the service today.
      Canon Foley also thanked staff at the hospice, where Ms Watt died peacefully last week.
      Fran and Anna performed regularly on STV's Thingummyjig and in the 1980s made an appearance on the BBC chat show Wogan.
      Today's tartan edged order of service featured photos from the pair's career, showing them with Telly Savalas at Gleneagles and holding their British Empire Medals in 1989.
      It also contained a copy of the letter Ms Watt received from the Queen congratulating her on the medal.
      Jim Watt, a distant cousin of Ms Watt, was among those at the service today.
      He said: "The service was absolutely wonderful and the turn out was very nice. There were lots of people who knew Anna and the family as well.
      "I think she will be well remembered. She was very well thought of.
      "She is away up to a better place up in heaven with her family now."
      He said she was one of five children, none of whom married.
      Alison Letham, 20, another distant cousin of Ms Watt, was one of the three girls who donned tartan tights.
      She said: "We did it as a fashion statement and because Fran and Anna always had the tartan and we did it for their tribute.
      "It's something they would appreciate because they were always quite into fashion."
      After the service Anna was laid to rest at Old Monkland Cemetery.

      http://www.heraldscotland.com/funeral-for-variety-star-anna-watt-1.903548

      "Dead Money" This week the brothers search for living relatives of Anna May Watt, a ScottishSourceURL: http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/dead_money.html
      This week the brothers search for living relatives of Anna May Watt, a Scottish variety performer admired by everyone from Terry Wogan to Johnnie Beattie. After they uncover the striking circumstances surrounding the birth of Anna's mother in Ireland, Kit and Steven travel to a haunted castle in Carlow where their quest comes to an unexpected conclusion.

      DEAD MONEY **Final Episode**
      Tuesday 10th April, 7.00pm
      RTÉ LIFESTYLE: This week the brothers brothers search for living relatives of Anna May Watt, a Scottish variety performer admired by everyone from Terry Wogan to Johnnie Beattie
      Series 1 – Programme 6 (of 6)
      Episode 6
      This week the brothers brothers search for living relatives of Anna May Watt, a Scottish variety performer admired by everyone from Terry Wogan to Johnnie Beattie. After they uncover the striking circumstances surrounding the birth of Anna’s mother in Ireland, Kit and Steven travel to a haunted castle in Carlow where their quest comes to an unexpected conclusion.
      Wouldn’t you want to know if a relative of yours died without making a will? Because if this person leaves money – and if no living relative comes forward to claim it – it goes to the state. For years, brothers Steven and Kit Smyrl have been tracking down the heirs to unclaimed estates and giving them their inheritances. This new six-part RTÉ series follows their quest to find the rightful owners of Dead Money.
      The series is presented by two of Ireland’s leading genealogical legal researchers brothers Steven and Kit Smyrl. They are the driving force behind the leading genealogy firm Massey and King. For almost 20 years they’ve specialised in tracing missing beneficiaries, not only in Ireland but throughout the world. With offices in Dublin and a network of researchers and agents across the globe, they can trace next-of-kin no matter where they reside.
      In the course of each programme, the Smyrl brothers search and uncover fascinating information about the lives of the deceased’s ancestors and relatives. While the brothers search for facts, it’s who they find that makes these stories come to life. Personal histories unfold with a link to the present day when we meet the living relatives. We hear tales of mysterious disappearances, tragic bereavements, abandonment and reunion, set in some of the most fascinating periods in history, from the bitter conflict of Ireland’s Land War to the chaos of the Russian Revolution. The beneficiaries, or long lost relatives have stories of their own to tell – some harrowing, some entertaining – fractured families linked together once more by the brothers’ findings.

      http://www.rte.ie/presspack/2012/04/10/dead-money-final-episode/
      Tartan tribute as variety star Anna is laid to rest
      CAROLYN CHURCHILL
      Wednesday 25 February 2009
      Around 150 relatives and friends of Anna Watt attended the church where she and her sister Fran were baptised to pay their last respects to the variety star, who died last week, aged 85.
      It was the final farewell to one of Scotland's favourite showbusiness acts.
      Around 150 relatives and friends of Anna Watt attended the church where she and her sister Fran were baptised to pay their last respects to the variety star, who died last week, aged 85.
      The siblings were the doyennes of the Scottish light entertainment scene who toured music halls as the Fran and Anna double act, always clad in their trademark tartan.
      Yesterday, among the mourners gathered at St Augustine's RC Church in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, were three of Anna's relatives who had donned tartan tights in tribute to the entertainer.
      Canon James Foley, who led the service, said that the sisters were now "together again".
      "The two girls were such a vital and vibrant part of the community and meant so much to people further afield," he told mourners, including the Bishop of Motherwell.
      "It was always a pleasure meeting them at mass when they returned from the work on the cruises or stage. They were always the same people. Anna lived such a busy and hectic life but the parish was always in her heart.
      "There was a flamboyance with both girls and they were inseparable. They were two distinctive personalities and they are now together again."
      Fran and Anna were the daughters of Valentine Prince, part steel worker and part ventriloquist, who toured the clubs of Lanarkshire with his two youngest daughters. In the 1960s the siblings, appearing as the Prince Sisters, toured the international cabaret and supper club circuits.
      They later changed their act to Fran and Anna and, donning mini-kilts and tartan bonnets, they went on to perform regularly on STV's Thingummyjig.
      The sisters, who never married, had three other siblings and they continued to live together in a house in Coatbridge until Fran's death in 2003. Anna moved into a hospice in May last year, but died on Thursday.
      The order of service for Anna's funeral featured photographs showing them holding their British Empire Medals which they were awarded in 1989 for their services to light entertainment, and a copy of the letter Anna received from the Queen congratulating her on the medal.
      Alison Letham, 20, a distant cousin of Ms Watt, was one of the three girls who donned tartan tights.
      She said: "We did it as a fashion statement and because Fran and Anna always had the tartan and we did it for their tribute.
      "It's something they would appreciate because they were always quite into fashion."
      After the service Anna was laid to rest at Old Monkland Cemetery.

      http://www.heraldscotland.com/tartan-tribute-as-variety-star-anna-is-laid-to-rest-1.903595

  • Sources 
    1. [S7733] Births Scotland 4 January 1924 Anna May Watt.

    2. [S7734] Fran and Anna Wikipedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_and_Anna).

    3. [S7731] Marriage Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland (St Augustine's Church) 19 Feb 1912 David Watt & Margaret Lacey, (56).

    4. [S7732] Births Scotland 16 Mar 1922 Frances Watt.