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Ellis Martin Scott (1799–1829)

by Vivienne Parsons

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Ellis Martin Scott (1799?-1829), merchant, arrived in Sydney from Leith, Scotland, in October 1825 in the Triton to take up the position of agent for the Australian Co. of Sydney and Leith, in conjunction with A. Warren. Under the name of Warren & Scott they set up business in George Street. Scott took an active part in the business community, being on the committee of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Agricultural Society and a director of the Bank of New South Wales from December 1826 to December 1828. He was appointed magistrate for the town of Sydney in September 1827. In July 1829 he signed the address of the landed proprietors and merchants in support of Governor (Sir) Ralph Darling. By this time he had acquired property in the colony, including a grant of 2000 acres (809 ha) at Patrick's Plains on the Hunter River, and in addition had bought 1500 acres (607 ha) on the Williams River, 215 acres (87 ha) on the Liverpool Road and 10 acres (4 ha) on Parramatta Road.

He died on 3 November 1829 of a 'lingering consumption', aged 30, leaving his property in New South Wales and a fourth share in the brig Tigress to his mother Mrs Mary Scott of Musselburgh, Scotland.

Select Bibliography

  • Historical Records of Australia, series 1, vols 14, 15
  • Australian, 20 Oct 1825, 6 Nov 1829
  • Sydney Gazette, 31 Aug 1827
  • manuscript catalogue under E. M. Scott (State Library of New South Wales).

Citation details

Vivienne Parsons, 'Scott, Ellis Martin (1799–1829)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1967, accessed online 30 May 2024.

This article was published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, (Melbourne University Press), 1967

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