Robert Spence Watson
(8 June 1837 - 2 March 1911) was a solicitor, reformer, politician and writer. He became famous for pioneering labour arbitrations.
On the 9th June 1863 he married Elizabeth Spence Watson.
He helped to found the Durham College of Science in 1871, later to become Armstrong College and part of Newcastle University.
In 1995 A blue commemoration plaque was erected outside his home.