Royal Naval Biography/Scott, James

[Captain of 1828.]

This officer was slightly wounded while serving as master’s-mate of the Pompée 74, and employed on shore under the orders of Commodore (now Sir George) Cockburn, at the reduction of Martinique, in Feb. 1809[1]. He passed his examination in Oct. following; obtained a commission on the 16th of the ensuing month; and commanded a boat belonging to the Marlborough 74, at the capture of four formidable American privateers, in the Rappahannock river, April 3d, 1813[2]. We afterwards find him serving under Captain Charles B. H. Ross, in the Sceptre and Albion, successively the flag-ships of Rear-Admiral Cockburn, whose aid-de-camp he appears to have been in the expeditions against Washington and Baltimore; during which he was frequently recommended to the favorable notice of Sir Alexander Cochrane, commander-in-chief on the Halifax station[3]. He was promoted to the rank of commander in Oct. 1814; appointed to the Thistle of 12 guns, Jan. 21st, 1816; to the Harlequin 18, fitting out for the Jamaica station, Nov. 6th, 1824; and advanced to his present rank, Jan. 8th, 1828.

Captain Scott married. May 3d, 1819, Caroline Anne[errata 1] heiress of the late Richard Donovan, of Tibberton Court, co. Gloucester, Esq.

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[Captain of 1825.]

Was born at London, June 18th, 1790; and entered the navy, in Sept. 1803, as midshipman on board the Phaeton frigate, Captain (now Sir George) Cockburn, whom he followed into the Howe 38, on the East India station, in June 1805. We next find him serving under Sir Thomas Lavie, in the Blanche 38, and subsequently under Captains Cockburn and Sir Richard King, in the Captain and Achille, seventy-fours. In 1808, he joined the Pompée; and in 1809, the Belleisle then at Martinique, and about to return home in charge of the late French garrison. Together with his first commission he received a letter of thanks from Rear-Admiral Sir Richard G. Keats, for his conduct during the operations against Flushing and up the Scheldt. In 1810, he served as lieutenant of the Fleche and Myrtle, sloops, commanded by Captains George Hewson and Clement Sneyd. In 1811, he joined the Grampus 50, bearing the broad pendant of Commodore Cockburn; and in 1812, he removed with that officer, then a Rear-Admiral, into the Marlborough 74.

Captain Scott never joined the Thistle; but he commanded the Meteor bomb, from May to October 1824. His wife is the only child of the late Richard Donovan, Esq. (mentioned in p. 23), by Caroline Elizabeth Yate, only grand-child of Robert G. Dobyns Yate, of Bromesberrow Place, co. Gloucester, and the last descendant of the ancient families of Yate, Baun, and Dobyns. He has one son and one daughter.

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