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Watt family research

John Watt (View posts)
Posted: 916315200000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Twatt, Twaite, Thwat, Tuait, Thwait, Twat, Tvaat, Thveit
The Thveits left Norway(West norway around Bergen) in the 10th century and settled in the Faroe Islands. They left the Faroes for the Shetland Islands where they had settled by the 17th century with the name of Twatt. Hendrie Twatt, born about 1665 in Papa Stour, Shetland. Looking for information on or prior to 1665.

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1199832746000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Henrie Twatt
I am decended from Hendrie Twatt, I do not have information on his parents. It was interesting to read they were formerly Thveits of Norway.
John Watt, I would like to hear from you, or any Twatt decendant.
Regards Vita.

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1251116305000
Classification: Query
I have just found your very interesting post on the Ancestry message board re Hendrie Twatt and believe I am descended from him, through my mother's family, (Thwaites).

Her grandfather, Captain James Charles Thwaites, was born in Shetland on 21.11.1854. His parents were Charles Twatt and Mary Twatt. I know very little of Charles Twatt but Mary was the daughter of James Twatt (born 1794, Sandness) and Grace Robertson.

By the time of the 1861 Census, Mary and her son James Charles were living in Sunderland, County Durham. Mary was a live-in servant, and her son, James Charles,was living with Mary's sister, Jemima Calder (nee Twatt) and her husband, Adam Calder (also from Shetland), in Sunderland.It looks as though Mary was a widow by this time.

At some point Twatt became Thwaites.
In later life, Mary lived first with James Charles and his family, and then with her unmarried sister Isabella , who had also moved to Sunderland. James Charles entered the Merchant Navy as a teenager and rose to be Captain. Before he retired, he was a Trinity Pilot escorting merchant ships through the mine fields of the English Channel during the First World War. When he died hin 1936 he was the subject of an obituary in the Sunderland Echo.

If anyone reading this has any information on James Charles's father, Charles Twatt, I would be delighted to receive it.

Thank you.

James Charles and his first wife, Isabella Thompson Olley, had at least 11 children including my grandfather, Stanley William Olley Thwaites.

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1335531457000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thwaites, Twaiets, Twatt, Calder
We believe that Mary Twatt 'married' Charles Thwaites in Shetland, or at least he was the father of James Charles Thwaites hence the change in spelling. Her sister however used the spelling Twaiets on her marriage certificate of which we have a copy as she was my great grandmother. We would be pleased to make further contact and would welcome any details on the early career of James Charles Thwaites. The Lloyds Captains List with the initial T are yet to be catalogued in London. We have researched the Calders at Guildhall, Kew and Greenwich where the National Maritime Musuem(NMM) holds their original masters certificates and application forms.

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1336399287000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thwaites Twaiets Twatt Calder
Hi Kay,

Thanks for your message. James Charles Thwaites was my Great grandfather. He was born in Shetland but raised in Sunderland. His father seems to have disappeared from the scene very quickly.

The Tyne and Wear Archives at Blandford House, Newcastle, holds a record 'Marine School of South Shields Navigation Department, vol 1'. This shows James Charles attended the Marine School, although it gets his name wrong. He is listed as entry no 1330 - John Charles Thwaite born Lerwick 21/11/1854.

I have a copy of a Sunderland Echo article written about James Charles when he died in 1936.

According to the article, at the age of 23 he served as second officer on the Charlwood. Later, he served on the Collingrove ( a clipper which served the route to Australia).

At some point, he took from the Wear the yngaren, the first motorised vessel every to be built at Pallion.

During WW1 he was a Trinity and Admiralty pilot at Dover and Dungeness.

His first wife was Isabella Thompson Olley, who had many children, including my grandad, Stanley Thompson Olley Thwaites.

Hope this is useful.

Best wishes,

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1336756366000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thwaites, Twaiets, Calder
Hi Lynne
Thanks for your reply. My grandfather Adam Calder was born while James Charles Thwaites (9years old) was living with my great grand parents. My grandfather was apprenticed to his father in 1878 when JCT was 23. His uncle or other Shetland seaman then living in Sunderland will probably have helped JCT get his first berth on a ship but I doubt he was apprenticed to his uncle who only gained his master's certificate in 1869.
If you know JCT's Master's Certificate Number, it may be possible to view his application at the NMM Greenwich. He would have had to include a list of previous vessels enabling you to trace his travels.
My grandfather's papers are actually made out in his older sister's birthdate! The National Archives Kew hold the papers for my great grandfather's ship for 1878-79. While my grandfather was actually 14 & 15, consular papers stamped at Ferrol (Spain) & Cronstadt (St Petersberg)show that he went from 15 to 17 in 6 months!
Records at Kew also show my grandfather was master of the Ludworth and made several passages through the Dover holding area in 1916 & 17 when his cousin JCT was a pilot.
His sister Jermima's will named 19 beneficiaries including two of your grandfather's sons. She died in 1925 and the bank were still trying to find everyone in 1933 to close the account. Meanwhile I hope they didn't borrow in anticipation as they only got about £15 each!
Peter C Atkinson (Kay's husband)

Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1357171105000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1357171119000
I found this thread using the search function while looking for information about a Twatt family. I have traced my tree back to a Magnus Twatt (1751-1801) Stromness Orkney Island.
I am wondering if he is related to this family and if someone could share any information.


Re: Watt family research

Posted: 1357244499000
Classification: Query
We have traced our family named Twatt or anglicised as Twait or later Thwaites, however they originated from Shetland rather than Orkney. There were several Magnus Twatts on Shetland, although not yours, you may wish to look at these on
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