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Richard Scott

Birthplace: Glemsford, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Place of Burial: Providence County , Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Scott, Clothier, of Glemsford and Sarah Scott
Husband of Katherine Scott
Father of John Scott; James Scott; Mary Holder; Patience Beere; Joseph Scott and 4 others
Brother of Edward Scott; George Scott, of London; Matthew Scott and Frederick Scott

Occupation: shoemaker, Shoemaker
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About Richard Scott, of Glemsford & Providence

Richard Scott

  • Birth: before Sep 9 1605 - Glemsford, Suffolk, , England
  • Death: before July 1 1679 - Providence, Rhode Island
  • Parents: Edward Scott, Sarah Carter
  • Wife: Katherine Marbury

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

brief biography

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


From Find A Grave Memorial# 39205777

Baptized Glemsford, Suffolk, 9 September 1605, son of Edward Scott. (In his will of 9 September 1640, "George Scott of London, merchant," referred to "my dear loving father Edward Scott the elder of Glemsford in the County of Suffolk, clothier," and made a bequest to "my brother Richard Scott now resident in New England." In his will of 26 December 1642, Edward Scott of Glemsford, clothier, included bequests to "James Scott, eldest son of Richard Scott, my son," to "John Scott, second son of Richard Scott, my son," and to "the children of my said son Richard Scott, born or to be born, his said two sons James Scott and John Scott excepted.")

Shoemaker from Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634. First settled in Boston; moved to Providence in 1638. Died by 1 July 1679.

Married at Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, 7 June 1632, Katherine Marbury, daughter of Francis and Bridget (Dryden) Marbury. "Katharine Scott, aged 70 years, widow of Richard, Providence, died at Newport, May 2, 1687."

Richard Scott was briefly associated with Roger Williams when the latter was a Baptist. Scott and other members of his family later became Quakers.

Richard Scott was second cousin of the wives of THOMAS BLOWER {1635, Boston}, EDMUND RICE {1639, Sudbury} and PHILEMON WHALE {1640, Sudbury} (assuming that the Edward Scott who died testate at Glemsford in 1627 was grandfather of the immigrant Richard Scott.

Austin claimed that this immigrant sailed to New England on the "Griffin." This would seem plausible, as that ship did carry the family of Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, Scott's sister-in-law. This cannot be, however, as the Griffin arrived at Boston on 18 September 1634 and Scott had been admitted to Boston church on 28 August 1634.


  1. New England Historical & Genealogical Register. Page: 60:168, 96:8
  2. The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634-35, Robert Anderson Page: III:481
  3. Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. "New England Marriages Prior to 1700.". Page 574. "Richard Scott (1605-1680 +/-) & Katherine Marbury (1610+ - 1680); 7 Jun 1632, aft 1637; Ipswich/Providence"
  4. Banks, Charles Edward. "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650." Edited, indexed and published by Elijah Ellsworth Brownell. Philadelphia: Bertram Press, 1937. 295p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1957. Repr. 1987. Page: 66


1st Quaker in Providence.

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Richard Scott, of Glemsford & Providence's Timeline

September 9, 1605
Glemsford, Suffolk, England
September 9, 1605
Glemsford, Suffolk, England
Age 31
Providence, Providence Plantation (Present Providence County), (Present Rhode Island)
Age 31
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Age 32
Providence, Providence Co., RI
Age 35
Providence, Providence Co., RI
Age 40
Providence, Providence Plantations on Narragansett Bay, (Present Rhode Island)
Age 43
Providence, Providence Plantation
July 1, 1679
Age 73
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations