In 1845 James Watson placed the
following advertisement in the Maitland Mercury:
who formerly kept the
Shamrock Inn, begs leave respectfully to inform his
friends and the public that he has opened that commodious House
Mr. Henry Nowland, at the Chain of Ponds half way between
Singleton and Muswellbrook and trusts by a strict attention to
the comfort of travellers and moderate charges to merit a
portion of their patronage. Splendid stabling and supply of
horse provender. Chain of Ponds, Liddell' (1)
the Lady Gipps Inn which was re-named the Lady
Mary Fitzroy in 1847.
James Watson was
granted a publican's license for the Lady Mary Fitzroy in 1848.