Emma Scott's Journey up the Nile (1871-1872)

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Date: 1871 to 1872
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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):

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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