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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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erset County because he was active in the militia
during the Revolution and he was the only George
Scott living in Somerset County during that time

SCOTT, GUSTAVUS (1753-1800). BORN: in 1753
at "Westwood," Prince William County, Vir-
ginia; youngest son. IMMIGRATED: ca. 1771 from
Prince William County, Virginia, to Somerset
County. RESIDED: in Somerset County ca. 1772;
Dorchester County by 1778; Baltimore Town ca.
1793; at "Rock Hill," Georgetown, Washington,
D.C., 1795-1800; probably spent some time on
his farm, "Strawberry Vale," in Virginia, about
9 miles from Washington, D.C., 1787-1800. FAM-
ILY BACKGROUND. FATHER: Rev. James Scott (?-

1782), who immigrated from Scotland ca. 1730;
rector of Dettinger Parish, Prince William County,
Virginia, 1745-1782; owned over 10,000 acres in
Stafford, Fauquier, Fairfax, and Prince William
counties during lifetime. MOTHER: Sarah (1715-
1784), daughter of Dr. Gustavus Brown (1689-
1762) and wife Francis Fowke (1691/92-1744) of
Charles County. AUNTS: Cecilia Brown (1730/31-
?), who married second, Thomas Bond (?-ca.
1797); Ann Brown (1732-ca. 1800), who married
third, Samuel Hanson (1716-1794). STEPAUNT:
Margaret Brown (1749/50-1787), who married
Thomas Stone (1743-1787). BROTHERS. Alex-
ander (1740-by 1762); William (ca. 1751-1787);
Capt. James (1742-1779), a member of the Vir-
ginia House of Burgesses and Virginia Conven-
tion, 1775-1776, who married Elizabeth Harri-
son; Rev. John (ca. 1747-1785), educated at King's
College, Scotland, returned to Maryland as pri-
vate chaplain to Gov. Robert Eden in 1769, de-
clared a "disaffected person" by the Maryland
Convention in 1776 and ordered to leave the East-
ern Shore of Maryland, subsequently moved to
Prince William County, Virginia, married Eliz-
abeth Gordon; and Robert (ca. 1749-by 1782),
lost at sea, who married Catherine Stone, daugh-
ter of David Stone (1709-1773), sister of Thomas
Stone (1743-1787), John Hoskins Stone (1750-
1804), and Michael Jennifer Stone (1747-1812).
SISTERS: Helen (1739-1795), who married Hon.
Cuthbert Bullitt (1740-1791), judge of the Gen-
eral Court of Virginia; Catherine (1741-?), who
married Dr. William Brown (ca. 1752-1792) of
Fairfax County, Virginia; and Christian (1745-
?), who married Col. Thomas Blackburn (ca. 1740-
1807), a justice of Prince William County, 1769.
FIRST COUSINS: Philip Key (1750-1820); Thomas
Bond (?-ca. 1797); Samuel Hanson, of Samuel

(ca. 1752-1830); Chloe Hanson (ca. 1743-?), who
married George Lee (1736-1807); Mildred Han-
son (ca. 1746-by 17%), who married William Baker
(ca. 1749-1812); and Eleanor Hanson (?-1796),
who married Henry Henley Chapman (?-1821).
MARRIED on February 16, 1777, Margaret Hall
(1759-1826), daughter of Hall Caile (1733-1761)
and wife Elizabeth Haskins (1733-1805) of Dor-
chester County. Her brother was John Hall Caile
(1761-1783). Her sister was Mary (1756-1812),
who married first, in 1773, her first cousin John
Caile Harrison (1747-1780), and second, in 1789,
Thomas James Bullitt. CHILDREN. SONS: Robert
Caile (1778-?), who died in infancy; John Caile
(1781-1840), who married in 1802 Anne Love;
Gustavus Hall (1786-?), who married in 1806
Elizabeth Douglas Marshall; William Bushrod
(1791-?), who married Anne Holton; and Robert
James (1798-1834), who married in 1818 Mary
Ann Lewis. DAUGHTERS: Elizabeth (1799-1847),
who married in 1810 Capt. Robert Rankin; Mary
Caile (1784-1806); Christiana (1788-?), who
married in 1808 Charles Tyler; and Juliana, who
married Capt. Robert De War Wainwiight. PRI-
VATE CAREER. EDUCATION: studied at King's Col-
lege, Scotland, 1765-1767; entered Middle Tem-
ple, London, England, 1767; completed studies,
1771. RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Anglican, Great
Choptank Parish, 1791. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:
lawyer; admitted to following courts: Dorchester
County, Somerset County, and Provincial Court,


ventions, Somerset County, 4th, 1775, 5th, 1775,
6th-8th, 1775-1776, 9th, 1776; Lower House,
Dorchester County, 1780-1781 (Grievances 2),
1783 (elected on December 8, 1783, to fill va-
cancy), 1784. OTHER STATE OFFICE: Potomac River
Commission, appointed 1784. LOCAL OFFICE:
served on a Commission of Health in Baltimore
during an outbreak of yellow fever, 1793. OUT OF
STATE SERVICE: delegate, Continental Congress,
1784-1785 (elected December 1784, but did not
attend either session); commissioner for Wash-
ington, D.C., appointed by Pres. George Wash-
ington, August 23, 1794, served until death (in
1796 Scott offered to resign because of ill health,
but Washington refused his resignation). ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENTS: In 1797, when the monies
provided by Maryland and Virginia to erect pub-
lic buildings in the capital were found to be in-
sufficient, Scott and two of his associates person-
ally secured a loan of $100,000 from the State of
Maryland to the "impecunious national govern-



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