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Charles Scott

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Charles Cuningham (or Cunningham) Scott, shipbuilder

1794 Born in Greenock, son of John Scott II and his wife Marion nee Clark[1]

Married Helen (c.1807- )

1837 John Scott II died. After a dispute over his will, his shipbuilding yard was given to his elder son John Scott III, rather than the original recipient, his brother Charles. This led to a long standing dispute in the family[2]

1841 Charles C. Scott took over the running of the engine works, Scott, Sinclair and Co on the death of his cousin Robert

1851 Fell out with his brother, John, and sold him his share in the family business. Set up his own shipbuilding enterprise Scott and Co at Cartsdyke with his son John Scott IV; another son, Robert Sinclair Scott later joined the business and the 2 brothers expanded the yard[3]

1851 Charles C Scott 55, landed proprietor, lived in Greenock with Helen Scott 44, John Scott 20, engineer, Elizabeth Scott 19, Marion Scott 17, Helen Scott 15, Martha Scott 14, Alexina D Scott 12, Charles C Scott 10, Robert S Scott 7, James H Scott 5, Colin W Scott 3, Margt S Scott 1[4]

1861 Charles C Scott 66, Iron Ship Builder, of the firm of Scott & Co employing 871 men, Helen Scott 54, Elizabeth Scott 29, Marion Scott 27, Helen R Scott 25, Dr Alexina Scott 22, Robert S Scott 17[5]

1862 Acquired the bankrupt business of Scott, Sinclair and Co with his son, John IV, which presumably became Greenock Foundry Co. Sold the Greenock (Westburn) yard, partly to Caird and Co and partly to McNab and Co of Greenock.

1866 Sequestration of the estates of Scott and Company, Shipbuilders in Greenock, and Charles Cunninghame Scott, Shipbuilder in Greenock, and John Scott, youngest, Shipbuilder, the Individual Partners of that Company, as partners, and as Individuals, and the said John Scott, youngest, as an Individual Partner of the Company, carrying on business in Greenock, as Engineers and Iron Founders, under the firm of the Greenock Foundry Company[6]

1871 Charles Scott 76, landowner, lived in Largs, with Helen Scott 64, Robert S Scott 27, Colin W Scott 23, Elizabeth Scott 39, Marion Scott 37, Helen R Scott 35, Alexina D Scott 32, Margaret S Scott 21[7]

1875 Died in Largs[8]


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Sources of Information

  1. Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms
  2. Scotts of Greenock - An Illustrated History, By William Kane, Vincent P. Gillen
  3. Scotts of Greenock - An Illustrated History By William Kane, Vincent P. Gillen
  4. 1851 census
  5. 1861 census
  6. London Gazette 7 December 1866
  7. 1871 census
  8. National probate calendar