WILLIAM  SCOTT

From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892


The subject of  this memoir is ushered into public life as a baker in St. Lawrence street  in the early years of this century. His son, William H. Scott was a merchant of St. Eustache and a staunch rebel in 1837-38. I find his commitment in the records of that time, thus : "Committed for High Treason, William H. Scott, of St. Eustache." This was on the 9th of December 1837.  After remaining for some time in prison he was discharged on bail, and became after the rebellion such a loyal subject that he was returned to Parliament for Two Mountains, and became ever after a firm supporter of  Sir George E. Cartier.

Another son, James Scott, died, when a student, from a wound received in a duel with the late 
Sir William Meredith, Chief  Justice of Quebec.

His three daughters will be more remembered by posterity than the sons. Barbara Scott gave $32,000 to McGill College to found the William Scott Chair of Civil Engineering, and $2,000 to found a scholarship which bears her name. Anne Scott gave $17,600 to the Trafalger Institute when she died, January17,1879 Another sister, Jane Scott, only died 3rd December,1880, aged 83, and left $2,000 to St. Gabriel Church; she was very eccentric and retired.

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