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Sir John Scott (1585-1670) - Statesman

He was born in 1585, the son of Robert Scott of Knightspottie in Perthshire, a Director of Chancery. In 1611 he acquired the estate of Scotstarvit near Cupar in Fife, Scotland, and was knighted in 1617. Scott acted in various legal capacities: Privy Councillor, Lord of Session and circuit judge, posts he lost in 1652 during Cromwell's occupation of Scotland. He was a patron of the cartographer Timothy Pont and provided funds and Pont's maps for Johan Blaeu's Atlas (1654). As an editor his work with Arthus Johnston in collecting together the principal Scottish Latin poets of the period for the delitiae Poetarium Scotorum (1637) is noteworthy. His The Staggering State of the Scots Statesmen, written between 1650 and 1663 (but not published until 1754), is a powerful indictment of the acquisitive nature of the Scottish nobility.

Works: ed., with Arthur Johnston, Deliliae Poetarum Scotorum (1637); The Staggering State of the Scots Statesmen from One Hundred Years, from 1550 to 1650 (1754).

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