John Scott

John Scott (abt. 1564 - 1616)

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Sir John Scott
Born about in Scot's Hall, Kent, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Died in Nettlestead, Kent, Englandmap [uncertain]
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John was the second son of Sir Thomas Scott of Scot's Hall, Kent[1] and Elizabeth Baker[2][3].

He was a Captain of Foot in the Low Countries 1585-1589[4] as part of the English Army allied with the Dutch against the Spanish. John Scott was knighted in 1588 in the Low Countries by Lord Willoughby[5].

He married firstly Elizabeth Stafford, widow of Drury, and secondly Katherine (Smythe) Hayward, daughter of Thomas (Customer) Smythe[1]. There is no known issue from either marriage.

There appears to have been a close relationship between John Scott and the brothers of his second wife, Katherine Smythe. Sir John Scott was appointed a co-executor of the will of his brother in law, Roberte Smithe, gentleman of London, the will made on 01 Dec 1600 and proved on 28 Jan 1600/1601[6]. Robert referred to him as his wellbeloved brother in law and bequeathed to him his Italian and French books.

In Feb 1601, Sir John Scott along with his brother in law, Sir Thomas Smythe, became caught up in the Rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I led by Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex[7]. However, both men managed to clear themselves of direct involvement[8]. Scott was a member of the Board of the Virginia Company in 1607, the Company headed by Sir Thomas Smythe.

Scott was a co-executor of the will of his brother-in-law, Sir John Smythe[9], and, in the will of Sir Richard Smythe[10] made 11 years after the death of Sir John Scott, Sir Richard Smythe bequeathed to his son two velvet footcloths, “whereof one was given unto me by Sir John Scott knight deceased".

In his own will, Sir John Scott noted his "ancient, approved and most faithful friend" Sir Thomas Smythe[4].

Sir John Scott was the junior MP for Kent, 1604-1611 and for Maidstone, 1614-1616[4].

Sir John Scott died childless at his Kent estate in Nettlestead after a short illness in September 1616. His heir was Elizabeth Scott, the 12-year old daughter of his deceased younger brother Richard Scott. She married Thomas Dereham, Baronet, on Jan. 1, 1602 in London.[4][11]. Scot's Hall went to his younger brother Sir Edward Scott.

A portrait of Sir John Scott from 1603 is held at the North Carolina Museum of Art[12].


In the Scott Chapel at Brabourne Church, Kent, is a tablet as follows “Here liest the body of Sir John Scott, son of Sir Thomas Scott, Justice of the Peace, and Captain of a Company …. Troop of Lancers. AD 24 Sep 1616. This monument was placed here by appointment of his brother, Sir Ed. Scott, Knight of the Order of the Bath”[1].

Memorial Service 2016

A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Sir John Scott and Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott (on the 400th anniversary of their deaths) was held at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Nettlestead, Kent, on 25 Sep 2016, with the Rt Revd James Langstaff, Lord Bishop of Rochester[13].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Memorials of the family of Scott, of Scot's Hall in the County of Kent. James Renat Scott. 1876. London.
  2. The Visitation of Kent. Taken in the Years 1619-1621. The Publications of the Harleian Society Vol XLII. Edited by Robert Hovenden 1898.
  3. Familiae Minorum Gentium - Joseph Hunter. Vol IV, J W Clay (Ed.). Publications of the Harleian Society 1896 Vol XL. Scott Pedigree p1301-1303.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Scott, Sir John (c.1564-1616), of Nettlestead and Scot's Hall, Smeeth, Kent and Philip Lane, St. Alphege, London. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010.
  5. Shaw W A (1906) The Knights of England. A complete record from the earliest time to the present day of the knights of all the orders of chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of knights bachelors, incorporating a complete list of knights bachelors dubbed in Ireland. Vol. II. London
  6. Will of Robert Smithe, Gentleman of London. 1601. PROB 11/97/37. National Archives.
  7. Archer I W (2007) Sir Thomas Smythe (c.1558-1625). A lecture delivered at Skinners’ Hall, London, 26 November 2007.
  8. See: "Miscellanaea genealogica et heraldica" pp. 405-06 for an interesting account (it's in English) of how Sir John cleared his name with Queen Elizabeth, who then sent him back to Flanders until after her death in March 1603, when he returned to England and resumed his political career
  9. Will of Sir John Smyth of Ashford Kent. 25 May 1609. PROB 11/113/462. National Archives.
  10. Will of Sir Richard Smith of Leeds Castle, Kent. 01 August 1628. PROB 11/154/125. National Archives.
  11. See also: "Miscellanaea genealogica et heraldica" pp. 405-06
  12. Sir John Scott portrait on
  13. Memorial Service 25 Sep 2016 at Nettlestead Kent for Sir John Scott and Lady Katherine (Smythe) Scott. Attended by Steve Hunt.

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On 29 Jun 2018 at 23:41 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

pps - very nice profile by the way!

On 29 Jun 2018 at 23:39 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

ps - just noticed the "Kt" suffix. Last I checked, we only did KG, KB, KT (as in Knight of the Thistle) in the suffix field. A knight bachelor can have a "Sir" in the prefix field & the category added, but no suffix.

See EuroAristo name field guidelines.

Cheers, Liz

On 29 Jun 2018 at 23:35 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Thanks for the note on Scott-239. I posted a comment there. Give the PMs a few days to respond, but if the image doesn't get changed from him to this Sir John Scott by 4 July, could you send me a reminder to do that?

Thanks! Liz

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