The Scott lineage traces back from Long Island, New York to a line of the lesser nobility in Kent, England.
They later resided in Canterbury, but maintained a residence at Eggarton (par. Godmersham), and earlier at Scot's Hall (par. Smeeth),
and before this 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 below.
This study has resulted in the construction of 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 Scots-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 Scotts 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:
|Year||Tomb has SCOTT with||Family||Evidence|
|1290||blank||DE BURKINGHOLE||Deeds dated 1289,1290 (nos. 13)|
|1311||blank||DERING||(1314) Philipott, Villare Cantianum, p. 303 (1680)|
|1343||blank||KEMPE||Deed dated 1353 (no. 6)|
|1361||blank||DE CUMBE||(1380) Philipott, op. cit., p. 70 (1680)|
|1386||a griffin rampant||HERBERT alias FINCH||between 3 griffin passant, a chevron|
|1433||4 birds proper, a saltire engrailed||DE BEAUFITZ||4 cornish choughs proper, a saltire engrailed|
|1484||4 chevrons||LEWKNOR||3 chevrons|
|1524||barry of 3, a vair in chief||DE PYMPE||barry of 4, a vair in chief|
|1535||a bordure engrailed, 3 garbs||KEMPE||a bordure engrailed, 3 garbs|