SCOTT, James (c.1672-1747), of Commieston, Kincardine.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1713 - 1734

Family and Education

b. c.1672, 2nd s. of Hercules Scott of Brotherton, Kincardine by Jane, da. of Sir James Ogilvy of New Grange, Forfar. m. Apr. 1712, Margaret, 1st da. of Hugh Wallace, M.P. [S], of Ingliston, Forfar, 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Ensign and lt. 3 Ft. Gds. 1692, lt. and capt. 1693, capt. and lt.-col. 1694, 2nd maj. 1713, 1st maj. 1717, lt.-col. comdg. regt. 1723-43; col of Ft. 1712; brig.-gen. 1735; maj.-gen. 1739; lt.-gen. 1743.


James Scott, related to James Scott of Logie and Robert Scott of Dunninald, was descended, as were all the Scotts in Angus, from the family of Balwearie, Fife. A professional soldier, he had the remarkable distinction of serving for 51 years in the same regiment, including nearly 20 years in command. Returned four times for his county, he voted with the Administration in all recorded divisions. The secret committee of inquiry into the South Sea bubble disclosed in 1721 that he had accepted £1,000 stock from the Company without paying for it.1 Standing down in 1734 for his son, who was not elected, he died in 1747.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. CJ, xix. 569, 572.