Scott Pedigrees

The Scott lineage traces back to a family resident at Scot's Hall (par. Smeeth), and earlier in par. Brabourne. There is an argument as early as the end of the sixteenth century that the line comes ultimately from William Baliol le Scot fl. 1296-1313. This man was eventually claimed to be a brother of John Baliol, King of Scotland, which claim does not stand up and fortunately is not everwhere accepted as accurate. After some considerable study it appears that it is possible to establish William as merely a distant kinsman to the king. I display the most probable relationship on a series of four pedigrees laying out:

Confusion at every hand can be traced to a wanton disregard for the chronology of the early generations and the speculative nature of the numerous conjectures in the work of James Renat Scott in his Memorials of the Family of Scott of Scot’s-Hall, Kent, published by himself in London in 1876. We have attempted a more judicious use of his sources and documentation. Our primary guide to the chronology and generations of Scotts has been the 16th century Bethersden tomb on the east wall of the church at Brabourne. There on its face is displayed a cascade of heraldic coats of arms with impalements to the Scott’s arms, giving ostensibly the year of each respective union or possibly the subsequent inheritance through the marriage already constituted (ibid., p. 41). They are as follows:

YearTomb has SCOTT withFamilyEvidence
1290blankDE BURKINGHOLEDeeds dated 1289,1290 (nos. 1–3)
1311blankDERING(1314) Philipott, Villare Cantianum, p. 303 (1680)
1343blankKEMPEDeed dated 1353 (no. 6)
1361blankDE CUMBE(1380) Philipott, op. cit., p. 70 (1680)
1386a griffin rampantHERBERT alias FINCHbetween 3 griffin passant, a chevron
14334 birds proper, a saltire engrailedDE BEAUFITZ4 cornish choughs proper, a saltire engrailed
14844 chevronsLEWKNOR3 chevrons
1524barry of 3, a vair in chiefDE PYMPEbarry of 4, a vair in chief
1535a bordure engrailed, 3 garbsKEMPEa bordure engrailed, 3 garbs

There are two other impalements representing the next two generations. J. R. Scott claims that the blank impalements suggest that they were unknown. However, something incredible to him appears more likely to us: — the unions were with non-armigerous families.