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Scott, Reverend Doctor Alexander John (Chaplain, Royal Navy)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 SCO
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: Scott, Reverend Doctor Alexander John (Chaplain, Royal Navy)
Date(s): 1803-1804
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Scott | Alexander John | fl 1792-1816 | Chaplain, Royal Navy


Administrative/Biographical history:

Scott was ordained in 1792 and from 1793 served as a chaplain in the Navy. His competence in French, Spanish and Italian was of special use in the Mediterranean. In 1803 Nelson persuaded Scott to go with him to the Mediterranean. Although he was officially chaplain of the VICTORY, he was also able to render efficient service as a private secretary and interpreter. He continued with Nelson on this footing until Trafalgar. Scott afterwards was Vicar of Southampton and in 1816 was presented to the Crown living of Catterick.
See Alfred and Margaret Catty, 'Recollections of the Life of the Rev. A.J. Scott DD, Lord Nelson's chaplain' (London, 1842).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Reverend Doctor Alexander John Scott, comprising drafts of Nelson's letters in French and intercepted papers and intelligence, 1803 to 1804.

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were deposited in 1953 on permanent loan by the City Library, Birmingham.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

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.

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