John Scott (British Army officer)
Major-general John Scott of Balcomie (bapt. 1725 – 7 December 1775) was a Scottish politician and senior British Army officer.
He was born the son of David Scott (of Scotstarvit). He joined the British Army in 1741 as an ensign in the 12th Regiment of Foot and rose via different regiments to the rank of Major-general in 1770.
A successful gambler, he purchased Denmylne Castle in Fife in 1772. Not requiring the castle itself he allowed it to fall into a state of disrepair.
He died in 1775.
George Devol asserted that -
On 5 November 1770, he married Lady Mary Hay, daughter of the Earl of Errol, then 16 years old; they were divorced in 1771. It is mentioned in one source that she eloped with another man.
He married secondly, on 5 June 1773 Margaret, daughter of Robert Dundas, of Arniston, the younger. They had three daughters:
- Haden-Guest, Edith (1964). L. Namier; J. Brooke, eds. "SCOTT, John (1725-75), of Balcomie, Fife". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
- "Denmylne Castle, Fife | By Scotland Channel". Scotland.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
- George Devol, Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi, p. 297
- Alienated Affections: The Scottish Experience of Divorce and Separation ... - Leah Leneman - Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. 2005-08-25. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
- ODNB article on Dundas
- The Gentleman's Magazine. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
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