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Robert Scott

Birth
Death 10 Jun 1804 (aged 65)
Burial Kelso, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Memorial ID 114743311 View Source
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uncle of Sir Walter Scott

"Robert Scott, third son of Robert Scott of Sandyknowe, was born 20th May 1739. Having chosen a seafaring life, he became captain of a merchant vessel. Procuring a competency, he purchased the small estate of Rosebank, on the Tweed, near Kelso, where he established his residence. At Rosebank, under his affectionate care, his nephew, the future poet, spent a portion of his youth. He much encouraged his nephew's literary tastes. He died at Rosebank on the 10th June 1804, aged sixty-five. His remains were interred in the Abbey of Kelso. Being unmarried, he bequeathed to the poet, his favourite nephew, his estate of Rosebank which embraced about thirty acres of excellent land. Sir Walter sold the place for £5000, with the view of purchasing a mountain farm — an intention which was not realised.

Captain Robert Scott was remarkable for his unostentatious benevolence."

(Genealogical Memoirs of Sir Walter Scott of Abbotsford, 1891, Cornell University Library)

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