Richard Scott (1605 - c.1679) MP

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Birthplace: Glemsford, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Occupation: shoemaker
Managed by: Christopher Empey
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About Richard Scott

Richard Scott (1605–1679) was an early settler of Providence in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

  • parents: Edward Scott, Sarah Carter.  He received a bequest from his brother, George Scott, of London, merchant, in his will dated September 9, 1640, and proved April 22, 1642, in which reference is made to their father, Edward Scott, of Clemsford [sic: Glemsford] county Suffolk, England. (See New England Genealogical Register, page 254, Vol. LI).

Coming from Berkhamstead in Hertfordshire, he immigrated with his wife and infant to Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where he joined the Boston church in August 1634. By 1637 he was in Providence, signing an agreement that year, and he and his wife both became Baptists for a while. By the mid-1650s, the Quaker religion had taken hold in Rhode Island, and Scott was said to be the first Quaker in Providence.

In the 1670s, a pamphlet war took place between Roger Williams and Quaker founder George Fox. Williams did not care for the Quaker religion, and in 1676 published the pamphlet George Fox digged out of his Burrow, in response to which Fox published the pamphlet A New England Fire Brand Quenched in 1678.[6] Included in Fox's work was a letter from Scott which derided Williams for his pride and folly, and charged him with "inconsistency in professing liberty of conscience, and yet persecuting those who did not join in his views."[6]

Scott was married in England to Katharine Marbury, the daughter of the Reverend Francis Marbury, and sister of the Puritan dissident Anne Hutchinson.

Richard and Katharine Scott had seven known children, including:

  1. James
  2. Joseph
  3. Mary, b c 1637 Providence, married the Quaker Christopher Holder
  4. Patience, b 1638 Providence, married Henry Beere
  5. John, b 1640 Providence, married Rebecca Brown
  6. Richard, b 1641 Providence
  7. Hannah, b 1642 Providence, married colonial Rhode Island governor Walter Clarke, a son of earlier colonial president Jeremy Clarke and his wife Frances Latham.
  8. Deliverance, b 1649 Providence, married William Richardson


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Richard Scott's Timeline

September 9, 1605
Glemsford, Suffolk, England
May 17, 1632
Age 26
Berkhamstead, Herefordshire, England
Age 31
Providence, Providence Plantation (Present Providence County), (Present Rhode Island)
Age 32
Providence, Providence Co., RI
Age 32
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Age 35
Providence, Providence Co., RI
Age 36
Providence, Providence Plantations on Narragansett Bay, (Present Rhode Island)
Age 43
Providence, Providence Co., RI
Age 73
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations