Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Steward of the household to Abp. Grindal; j.p. Hexhamshire by 1575.


Scott was returned for Ripon in 1572 through the influence of the archbishop of York. His appointment as a j.p. in the archbishop’s liberties of Hexhamshire suggests that he was a native of these parts, perhaps connected with the Scotts of Earle. He was in the service of Edmund Grindal, then bishop of London and himself a native of Cumberland, by 1562, when he was furnishing John Foxe with materials out of Grindal’s papers for the Acts and Monuments, presumably for the English edition of 1563 in which Grindal was interested. Scott followed Grindal to York in 1570, and to Lambeth in 1575, when Grindal was translated to Canterbury. He was one of the executors of Grindal’s will, by which he received £50 and ‘my gelding called Old Marshall’. The execution of the will occupied him for some time. In July 1584 he was writing to Walsingham to secure his support in the question of dilapidations owed by the estate of the late archbishop, in composition of which the executors were prepared to pay £250. It is likely but not certain that Scott remained in the service of Grindal’s successor. Certainly, he was active under Bancroft in 1604, when he drew up memoranda to induce James I to grant the temporalities of the see to the new archbishop from the death of Whitgift. The place and date of his death are unknown.

PCC 39 Rowe; SP12/104; Hist. Northumb. xiv. 173; Strype, Annals, i(1), p. 559; Strype, Grindal, 429, 604, 605; CSP Dom. 1581-90, p. 190; HMC Hatfield, xvi. 407-8.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy