Michael Scott of 'Tom Cringle's Log'

1789 - 1835


Merchant in Jamaica and Glasgow, son of Allan Scott who was a partner in Bogle and Scott. In Jamaica c. 1806-1822, where Michael Scott worked for the merchant house of Robert Bogle of Gilmorehill (q.v.). whose daughter Margaret he married in Glasgow in 1818. Tom Cringle's Log was published anonymously in Blackwoods 1829-1834 and then in book-form in 1834. He has an entry in the ODNB as 'Jamaica planter and writer' which says of Tom Cringle's Log and its successor The Cruise of the Midge [published in book-form in 1836]: 'Both works graphically depict the torment of slavery and the slave trade, but Scott chose not publicly to advocate social reform.'


The University of Glasgow Story, 'Michael Scott', http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH25511&type=P [accessed 11/03/2017]; http://www.glasgownecropolis.org/profiles/michael-scott-and-james-bogle/ [accessed 11/03/2017]: J. R. MacDonald, ‘Scott, Michael (1789–1835)’, rev. Lucy Kelly Hayden, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/24903, accessed 11 March 2017].

Further Information

Margaret Bogle
Glasgow University [1801-1805 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (5)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1823 [EA] - → Other

Sold enslaved people to this estate

1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - → Other

Previous owner of some of these enslaved people

1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Other

Previous joint owner of some of these enslaved people.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Bogle, Harris
South American merchant  

Historical (1)

Tom Cringle's... 1834 
notes →
See L. K. Hayden, ‘The Caribbean presence in Tom Cringle's log: a commentary on Britain's involvement in slavery and the slave trade’, Journal of Caribbean Studies, 6 (autumn 1989),...

Relationships (4)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Business partners
Business associates
Notes →
George William Hamilton was mentor to Michael Scott c. 1806-1810, and Scott memorialised him as Aaron Bang in Tom Cringle's Log ...
Business partners