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Serg. David Scott
In 1795 David Scott, was a soldier in the Angus Volunteers when he and Sarah Jean Dalgity were married in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. David left Scotland to join the Royal Artillery first as a gunner, in Woolwich England and eventually was posted as Sergeant David Scott to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1801. Despite meeting tragic circumstances, the family became established in North America.  A Family from Forfar is the central narrative written in chapters telling of their life and that of their descendants. Research has helped tell of the early generations; there has now been ten generations since their arrival and HomePort attempts to share the ongoing story

Filte - or welcome,  in Gaelic.
Jeannie Dalgity
  The year 2000 reconnected the two founding branches of the family that had lost contact a century before. The 200th anniversary of the family's arrival, was in 2001 and saw the digital restoration of ancestral images the arrival of a headstone for Serg. David Scott's unmarked grave in Nova Scotia thanks to a positive response from Veterans Affairs Canada.  Forfar Family News, includes the sporatic effort at a electronic newsletter and the back issues tell of the research over the last 20 years.


The work of brothers  Dr. Walter Dill Scott (1869-1955), a President of Northwestern University, Dr. John Adams Scott (1867-1947)  a Northwestern Classics Professor, continues to have an influence through their published work. Homeport is pleased to host biographies, pictures and links to their work. Scott of Northwestern the biography of Walter Dill Scott, which has been out of print for many years, is available in web format on HomePort, as is the magazine article called Northwestern's Number One Alumnus.

 Articles by Rev. John R. Scott (1909-1958) - Starting in a log cabin with a saddle horse in the Canadian North, Rev. Jack Scott's ministry in the United Church of Canada included the east and west coasts of Canada, as well as Scotland and naval chaplaincy. Included is a brief biography.

The discovery of connections between two main family branches is told through  Finding Lost Connections: Thomas F. Scott  as well as a biography of Thomas Forester Scott (1822-1910).Thomas was a leading Pittsburgh, Methodist layman the obituary of his wife, Martha (Taylor) Scott (1824-1908) provide additional family information.

Annie Elizabeth Scott (1857-1936) and Alice Sterling Scott (1862-1945) lived on a Nova Scotia farm after Annie left her teaching career, yet their dreams as sisters, were not circumscribed by their own village.  Annie's art and the quotations she recorded from literature indicate broader interests.  Despite limitations they influenced their nephews, Rev. John R. Scott (1909-1958) and Frederic Charles Gilmore Scott to lives of social and political action. The Kitchen of Ideas is a brief look at the role that women like Annie and Alice played in influencing a generation who were credited with advancing the social conscience within Canada.


Boston Scotts c1910

A picture hangs in our home that was given to me in 2000. At that time, only one of the people in the picture was know to the former owner. I recognized two more individuals from historic pictures, and the search began to learn the rest of the names. Placed on the website, one day in November 2004, I received a call from an unknown relative in Boston who had discovered the picture on the website. An identical copy of the picture was hanging on her wall and her father, grandmother and her great grandparents were all in the picture. Everyone else in the picture was related to these individuals. Thus began a new connection among another branch of the family. Read about the picture of the Boston Scotts, c1910.






To a child, the
discovery of a real sword in the attic of our home in Wolfville Nova Scotia, was a mystery. It became an object of great interest but I knew little of its history - it was years later, I learned how my father had acquired it. Still the sword in the attic had not much known history, until with the help of military historians we were able to fill in more blanks and the artifact took on new meaning. This was a sword from the 1790's - British military issue of the  time as the family progenitor would have worn this exact model. Following the trail of ownership, it is very possible that Serg. David Scott's Royal Artillery sword had remained in family hands for over 200 years.
Sword from 1790's



Alexander Dill Scott (1860-1945)
established himself in California in 1883, moving from Nova Scotia by train, with a group of Nova Scotia relatives and neighbours. Documentation of the journey has been recorded. His life in the village of Novato, CA in 1906 was documented by his son Alger in a Christmas album sent as a boy to his grandmother in Nova Scotia. The thirty images at the dawn of home photography move beyond the artificial studio poses and tell of everyday events in the town, family store and their home, providing a document of their family life and surroundings in Northern California in 1906.








The story of Alexander Dill Scott's daughter, Jessie Helen Scott, and her childhood in both Nova Scotia and California is told through her
biography, in pictures and through a Christmas story called 1894-95 Concert in Ste. Croix.
Jessie Helen Scott


Although a verified link to the ancestors of Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford, (1771-1832) has eluded research, family tradition of 200 years maintains that a connection existed between Serg. David Scott who was married in Forfar in 1795 and Sir Walter.  Whether the connections was kinship through a shared ancestral line, or more distant clanship - remains a mystery, yet the quotation of Sarah Jean Dalgity, the widow of Serg. David Scott, remains clear "always remember Sir Walter Scott was a relative".  Over the years several family members have been named after the bard, carrying on the name, Walter Scott, within the family.

Although personal documentation before the 1700's is rare, those with an interest in ancient Scott lines may find the, Border Clan Scott genealogy which covers 29 generations over 900 years, of interest. The derivation of the Scott surname is told through an article on the Scotts of Buccleuch. We were pleased to join family members in Scotland for Clan Scott reunions in 2009 and 2014, and to stay in Abbotsford. We hope that others will take advantage of these opportunities to experience Scotland among family and clan members; Clan Scott gatherings likely will continue in five year intervals. 
"I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as 't was said to me." Lay of the Last Minstrel, Stanza 22.

As a regular columnist for Stag & Thistle the publication of Clan Scott Society , I would encourage people to consider membership in Clan Scott Society.



HomePort's author is Ian Scott.

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