Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Upton Scott (1724-1814)
MSA SC 3520-13896

Biography:

Born in Antrim, Ireland, January 1, 1724.  Trained as a medical doctor in Scotland before emigrating to America about 1755.  Married Elizabeth Ross (1730-1819), daughter of mayor John Ross, September 5, 1756; children included Eugenia Elizabeth Scott.  Resided at 4 Shipwright Street in the "Upton Scott House," Annapolis, Maryland.  Died February 23, 1814.  Buried in Cemetery Creek, Annapolis.

Upton Scott was a wealthy Annapolis physician and loyalist as well as the personal physician of Robert Eden, the last colonial governor of Maryland.  From 1761 to 1776 he served as examiner general.  He was clerk of the Upper House and of the Council from 1766 to 1768.  He also served as mayor of Annapolis from 1767 to 1768.  In 1767, a 3,627 acre tract of land in Carroll County was patented under the name "Runnymeade" to him and Francis Key of Terra Rubra (Francis Key was Elizabeth Ross Scott's brother-in-law and the grandfather of "Star-Spangled Banner" author Francis Scott Key).  Runnymeade was managed by Scott's nephews, John and Clotworthy Birnie.  Francis Scott Key probably stayed at Scott's house while attending school in Annapolis in 1789.

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