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SCOTT, George (1720-1780)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/234

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: SCOTT, George (1720-1780)

Date(s): [1510-1841]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 24 production units.

Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

These items had been collected by the antiquary George Scott (1720-1780), and passed to his heirs. George Scott, a honorary doctor of law and a great collector of antiquities and manuscripts, was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1748. He died in 1780, a widower, without children and a virtual recluse at Woolston Hall to which he had retired after his wife's death, and his estate passed to his cousin, although much of his collection was sold in 1782. These items clearly remained with the family. The 1891 sale was probably made by his cousin's heir, Louisa Watlington (d.1892), who had married Robert Peel Ethelstan. She inherited not only Moor Hall, but also Scott's Woolston Hall. Her son Capt Robert W Ethelstan sold Moor Hall itself in 1898.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by the antiquary George Scott. As well as catalogues of Scott's library (and many printed books) the collection includes George Scott's financial accounts; extracts from forest laws; abstracts of Treasury accounts; register of Queen Elizabeth I's out-letters; orders relating to the Cinque Ports; and a book of prescriptions. Also a diary of scientist Robert Hooke, 1671-1683. Please note this diary is available only with advance notice and at the discretion of the Assistant Director (Heritage).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged in no particular order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

A collection of miscellaneous items bought by Guildhall Library from the sale of the library of Moor Hall, Harlow, Essex in 1891. The records were catalogued by members of the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

This collection included the Woodford cartulary (now catalogued as CLC/267).

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: August to October 2010.

Diaries | Nonfiction | Prose | Literary forms and genres | Literature
Forest law | Law
Prescriptions | Documents | Information sources
Science philosophy | Science of science
Scientists | Scientific personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Primary documents

Personal names
Elizabeth I | 1533-1603 | Queen of England and Ireland
Hooke | Robert | 1635-1703 | natural philosopher

Corporate names