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  • ID: I11179
  • Name: James SCOTT
  • Given Name: James
  • Surname: Scott
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 Oct 1746 in Roxburgh, Scotland
  • Christening: 6 Oct 1746 Westmuirdean, Scotland
  • Death: 19 Sep 1808 in Penang, Straights Settlements
  • Occupation:
  • Note:
    The Settlement of Penang: by James Scott. ed. K. J. Fielding
    Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
    Vol. 28, No. 1 (169) (March, 1955), pp. 37-51
    Published by: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society

    Scott was the second cousin of Sir Walter SCOTT.... He arri ved in Calcutta in Oct 1774... a steward on a vessel hire d by the East India Company, and presumably had little or n o capital. Subsequently he apparently obtained command o f a ship engaged in the country trade... he got into confli ct with the Dutch and was arrested on charges of gun runnin g in 1785.
  • Event: Birth
  • Note:
    SOURCE: 40.0
    James was the son of William Scott and Barbara Makdougal. [ aka MacDougal]

    Siblings include:
    Walter b 1745
    Robert b 1748
    Mary b 1750
    George b 1752
    William b 1754
    Barbara b 1761

    James is the first cousin, once removed of Sir Walter Scot t He served in the navy during the Seven Years War and th en later went to the East Indies as a "country trader". H e lived on the island of Phuket (Junk Ceylon) and Penang (P rince of Wales Island). His uncle Robert had been a Captai n with the East India Company. One son William became harbo ur master and postmaster in Singapore, while another son Ro bert settled in Java. Other members of the family lived o n the Malaysian peninsula until recent times.
  • Event: Birth
  • Note: 2006-07/1152196825
  • Event: Death
  • Note:
    James Scott was the business partner of Captain Francis Li ght. After Light established George Town, Scott went on t o become the largest land owner on the island. He died on 1 9 September, 1808, and was buried at the Protestant Cemeter y along Northam Road in George Town, Penang, just a stone' s throw from Francis Light's grave.

    James Scott was born in Makerstown County, Roxburgh, Scotla nd. He joined the Royal Navy and got to know Francis Light , his future business partner, when the two of them were yo ung midshipmen.

    A shrewd person, Scott is said to have prospered at the exp ense of Francis Light. Even within Light's lifetime, Scot t had rose to become the most powerful entrepreneur in Pena ng. After Light died, Scott wasted no time in expropriatin g most of Light's property, despite a will which stated Mar tina Rozell, his common-law wife, as beneficiary. Martina t ried to sue but to no avail, but the British system in Pena ng seemed to side with the powerful Scotman.

    The influence of James Scott in Penang did not go unnotice d even among the British officials on the island. One of th em was Governor Forbes Ross Macdonald. As with Martina, tho se who went against Scott did not last long in Penang. Whe n Scott protested some of Macdonald's policies, his frien d Fairlie lobbied the Governor-General in India to have Mac donald removed.

    Another Scotman, David Brown, arrived in Penang around 180 0 and quickly became the junior partner to Scott. When Scot t died eight years later, his interests and properties pass ed to Brown, who became then the largest landowner in Penan g. The firm founded by Light and Scott, became Scott & Comp any, and then Scott, Brown & Company.

    Streets of George Town, Penang by Khoo Su Nin (1993, Ja nus Print & Resources)
    Penang Views, 1770-1860 by Datuk Lim Chong Keat (1986 , Muzium dan Balai Seni Lukis Pulau Pinang)
    The Richest East India Merchant: The Life of John Palme r of Calcutta, 1767-1836, by Anthony Webster (2007, The Boy dell Press, Woodbridge)
    The RGA history of the plantation industry in the Mala y Peninsula: Volume 1996, Part 2, by D.J.M. Tate (1996, Oxf ord University Press)

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    Scott joined theRoyal Navy in 1753 at age 7. -_Presented_at_the_Asian_Studies_Association_of_Australia_A SAA_19th_Biennial_Conference_11-13_July_2012
  • Event: NOTE
  • Note:
    Scott lived in a small bungalow, built in the Malay fashio n probably on the north side of Light Street. One of thes e houses was called the family house. Here Scott was repute d to keep two women, one of whom he was believed to have ma rried and both of whom had borne his children.
    Scott continued as an influential member of the small Europ ean community despite his 'native' lifestyle.
    While documentary analysis has enabled the researcher to gl impse the public life of Scott little is known of his priva te life. Scott acquired a mistress, Anna Julhy from the Por tuguese Eurasian community on Junk Ceylon and it is apparen t that she resided with him in Penang
    When Scott died in Penang in October 1808, his estate was s oheavily mortgaged that he died bankrupt and his creditor s were left to fight over the property.
    James Scott may have fathered over a dozen children with fo ur or five partners. A number died in infancy or early chil dhood. In a trust disposition lodged in 1804,Scott named th e following children as heirs William, James, Robert, Mary, Sophia, Elizabeth and Harriet. They were all to receive 10, 000 Spanish dollarseach while the eldest son William was t o inherit the rest of his estate. James junior died shortl y before his father in 1808 -_Presented_at_the_Asian_Studies_Association_of_Australia_A SAA_19th_Biennial_Conference_11-13_July_2012
  • Event: Birth
  • Note:
    SOURCE: Genealogical Memoirs of the Family of Sir Walter Sc ott, p xxvi
    "William the third son, was father of James Scott, well kno wn in INdia as one of the original settlers in Prince of Wa les Island. up
  • _UID: DF0962EB3743407AB1624A9754271F150CFE
  • Change Date: 21 Jun 2015 at 14:32

    Father: William SCOTT b: Abt 1720
    Mother: Barbara MACDOUGAL

    Marriage 1 Anne JULHE
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 22 Mar 2016
    1. Has No Children James SCOTT
    2. Has No Children William G. SCOTT b: 3 May 1780
    3. Has Children Robert SCOTT b: Aft 1780
    4. Has No Children Harriot SCOTT b: 1791
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