ALARIC ALEXANDER WATTS (youngest child of John Mosley Watts of Danetts hall, near Leicester. b. London 16 March 1797; usher in a school at Fulham 1812; private tutor in family of Ruspini, dentist to the Prince Regent to 1816; sub-edited New monthly mag. 1818 to June 1819; wrote for the Literary gazette 1819-22; edited the Leeds Intelligencer newspaper 1822-5; founded the Manchester Courier 1 Jany. 1825, edited it 1 Jany. 1825 to April 1826, when he sold his half copyright for £500; edited The literary souvenir and cabinet of poetry and romance, 10 vols. 1824-34, and The cabinet of modern art and literary souvenir, 3 vols. 1835-7; founded with Charles Baldwin and S. L. Giffard The Standard, evening paper 21 May 1827, a sub-editor 1827-8 and 1841-7; originated newspapers partly printed in London and rest in the country; started The united service gazette 9 Feb. 1833, sole editor and manager 1833-43; bankrupt 1849, discharged 13 Aug. 1850; clerk in inland revenue office 1853; granted civil list pension of £100, 3 Jany. 1854; edited Men of the time 1856 and 1857; author of Poetical sketches, privately printed 1822, published 1823, 4 ed. 1828; Lyrics of the heart, with other poems 1851; editor of The poetical album and register of modern fugitive poetry 1828, second series 1829; Scenes of life and shades of character, 2 vols. 1831; The laurel and the lyre, fugitive poetry of the 19th century 1867. d. 2 Blenheim crescent, Notting Hill, London 5 April 1864. bur. Highgate cemet. Alaric Watts: a narrative of his life. By A. A. Watts, 2 vols. (1884) portrait; Bates's Maclise portrait gallery (1883) 40; Fraser's Mag. xi 652 (1835) portrait, xiii 129 (1836); G.M. May 1864 p. 676.