John Scott (soldier)

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Arms of Scott: Argent, three Catherine Wheels sable a bordure gules
Quartered arms of Sir John Scott, from a family pedigree illuminated on vellum, commissioned by himself
Mural monuments to both wives of Sir John Scott in St Marys church, Nettlestead. Left: Elizabeth Stafford; right: Katherine Smythe
Arms of Sir John Scott, 2 shields, each impaling quartered arms of each wife. From a family pedigree illuminated on vellum, commissioned by himself

Sir John Scott (1570 – 24 September 1616), of Scot's Hall and of Nettlestead Place[1] in Kent, was an English soldier, Member of Parliament (MP) and an early investor in the Colony of Virginia. The second son of Sir Thomas Scott, he served as captain of a band of lancers in the English army in the Netherlands, and in 1588 was knighted for his services. In 1597 he commanded a ship in the expedition to the Azores. In 1601, Scott was implicated in Essex's Rebellion but succeeded in clearing himself, and in the same year was a parliamentary candidate for Kent in 1601. He was unsuccessful on this first attempt, but was elected its MP in the Parliament of 1604 and for Maidstone in the Addled Parliament of 1614. He became a member of the Council for Virginia in 1607, the year when that colony was re-established, subscribing £75, and was a councillor of the Virginia Company of London in 1609. He died in 1616 and was buried at Brabourne in Kent.


Scott married twice, but had no issue:[2]



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