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William Scott (1785–1868)

We (Braidwood Dispatch) have to record the death of a very old colonist, Mr. William Scott, of Long Swamp, who expired at his residence on Thursday morning last, in the eightythird year of his age. The deceased gentleman was the owner of a considerable extent of land, and was most actively engaged in farming and pastoral pursuits until within a short time of his death. Only a few weeks since, he rode into Braidwood for the purpose of executing a lease of a portion of land on his estate containing copper to some gentlemen in Sydney, and at Braidwood annual races, three years ago, he entered a horse in a hack race and rode the animal himself the whole three heats, the course being, on account of the weather on the occasion, in such a fearful muddy condition that the plucky old rider and his hack were both at the conclusion of the race completely coated with mud. Mr. Scott, we believe, has been upwards of sixty years in the colony, having arrived about twelve years after its foundation. He was one of the earliest pioneers of this part of the colony, having been a resident of this district for a period of between thirty and forty years. He leaves a widow and a large family of children and grandchildren. The sons of the deceased are living, like their father, on the produce of the soil, and like him are setting examples of what a farmer ought to be in this colony as well as in the old country. The remains of the deceased are to be interred at Bungendore this morning.

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'Scott, William (1785–1868)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


11 May, 1785
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


19 November, 1868 (aged 83)
Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

prostate disease

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Convict Record

Crime: forgery
Sentence: life