Douglas Watt was educated at Edinburgh University where he received an MA in Scottish History. He continued his historical studies and was awarded a PhD from Edinburgh with a thesis on Highland chiefs and debt networks in the sixteenth and seventeenth century Scotland. He then worked for nine years as an investment manager specializing in Far East stock markets and traveling extensively throughout the region. From 2003 to 2006 he was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Scottish History Department at Edinburgh University funded by the Stewart Ivory Foundation to research the financial aspects of the history of the Company of Scotland trading to Africa and the Indies (Darien Company). The results of his research have appeared in a number of academic journals. He now works for First State Investments in Edinburgh. He is married to Julie, they have three children and live in Linlithgow.