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Cattle Kate
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"Cattle Kate" Watson
Born July 2, 1860
Arran Lake, Bruce County, Ontario
Died July 20, 1889 (aged 29)
Nationality American
Other names Ella Watson, Cattle Kate, Mrs. James Averell
Occupation Rancher
Known for lynched for political reasons

Ellen Liddy Watson (July 2, 1860 – July 20, 1889) was a pioneer of Wyoming who became known as Cattle Kate, an outlaw of the Old West, although the characterization is a dubious one, as subsequent research has tended to see her as a much maligned victim of a self styled land baron. Watson had acquired homestead rights on land with water resources vital to the wealthiest rancher in the county, Albert Bothwell, when she was accused by him of cattle rustling. She was abducted from her home and lynched along with her husband by Bothwell and some other ranchers he had incited against her. The bodies were left hanging for 2 days, and the reputation that attached to her until recently was quickly established by newspaper publicity. Accounts of Watson as a rustler are now regarded as highly biased. Her life has become an Old West legend, and inspired a number of television and film accounts.

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