Vice Admiral Matthew Henry Scott

1766 - 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


Vice Admiral Matthew Henry Scott, brother of John Scott of Jamaica, awarded part of the compensation as trustee for the annuity of his sister-in-law Elizabeth Scott (q.v.) secured on Clarendon Park and Retreat estates in Clarendon and St Thomas-in-the-East Jamaica; and awarded in his own name part of the compensation for Hyde estate in St Thomas-in-the-Vale.

Entered the Royal Navy at a young age and served in the West Indies during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1812 and Vice Admiral in 1819. Married Mary, eldest daughter of James Pinnock of Westbury House, Hampshire, 1799. Died aged 70 in Southampton, 1836. In his obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine he was described as 'a native of Jamaica, where his father was an opulent planter'.

  1. Will of Matthew Henry Scott, Vice Admiral of the White Squadron in His Majesty's Navy of Southampton, Hampshire proved 12/11/1836.

  2. Very probably also the 'Matthew Scott' who acted with William Knight Dehany (known to be the son-in-law of Vice Admiral Matthew Henry Scott) as co- executors and co-trustees of Miss [Jemima] Cussans in an award for 1/4 of the compensation for Amity Hall in St Thomas-in-the-East in Jamaica.


T71/859 Clarendon No. 291 and T71/1187 Clarendon No. 291 counterclaim do not identify him as Vice Admiral but as of Southampton and as one of three trustees for an annuity of £800 to Elizabeth Scott under the 1811 will of John Scott of Garboldisham Hall; T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East no. 295 (Retreat) is linked through the trust for Elizabeth Scott; T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale no. 294 (Hyde) identifies him as Vice Admiral.

Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 10/6/1799; The Morning Post, 3/11/1836; The Gentleman's Magazine (1837), p. 321.

  1. PROB 11/1869.

  2. T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East No. 105; Yale University Library, Guide to the Caribbean Collection p. 8, [accessed 21/07/2011].

We are grateful to William Norton for his help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Matthew Henry Scott
Mary Pinnock
Elizabeth Favell Scott
Sailor (Royal Navy)

Associated Claims (4)

£2,515 11s 0d
Awardee (Trustee)
£3,831 12s 9d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£3,986 5s 11d
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,660 0s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1814 [EA] - → Trustee and Executor
1791 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner

Between 1817 and 1820, Matthew Henry Scott and George Scott sold their half-share in the enslaved people to Matthew Gregory Lewis (who d. 1818).

1814 [EA] - → Trustee and Executor

Relationships (10)

Nephew → Aunt
Notes →
Matthew Scott was executor of the will of Jemima...
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Uncle → Niece
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Southampton, Hampshire, Wessex, England