Emma Scott (1824-1885) was the daughter of John Whitehead, a bleacher and dyer in Lancashire. She was the great-great-grand-daughter of John Kay, the inventor of the Fly-shuttle that revolutionized the spinning industry, and first cousin of Robert Whitehead who developed the torpedo. Emma married William Scott, a Manchester cotton merchant, and had eight children.
In 1871 she set off on a journey to Egypt, which took over eight months. She was accompanied by a servant, Elizabeth Davies, and four 'young people' (her husband William stayed home):
- Her 19-year old son Dugald
- Her 14-year old son Ernest
- Her 11-year-old daughter Lilian
- Her 19-year old niece, Janet Tew
Most of Emma's diary of the journey was transcribed by her grandson, Ralph Roylance Scott CMG (1893-1978), in 1950. It can be read here:
- DIARY of a journey across EUROPE to EGYPT and up the Nile by sailing boat from CAIRO to WADY HALFA in 1871/72
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