Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Scott - the surname

The definition given in the web's free Wikipedia seems worth reproducing here in full, as I found it to be both concise and accurate. But some of you may disagree - in which case please feel free to comment ...

"Scott is, in origin, a surname originating in the Scottish Borders. It comes from the Middle English word for Scottish Gaels, and hence was probably first used by a family or families of Gaelic language or origin who had settled in this area, an area that, unlike the rest of Scotland, was never fully Gaelic-speaking.
The name subsequently became a forename, and the descendents of this kin-group since spread throughout the world giving the name to dozens of towns and cities."

Reference: 23 August 2006

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Scott Monument features in festival

The Edinburgh Internation Festival is now in full swing and the Scott Monument is a prominent feature:

More about Walter Scott at

Saturday, August 12, 2006

"Genetic memory?"

Recent Scott Visitors' Book posting from Robert Scott , United States:

"Wonderful website... reading through your guestbook, I was amazed at all the Roberts, James', Andrews, Davids, Michaels, Bretts, Stevens, and even a Gerald or two... all names in my father's family; almost like some kind of genetic memory kicks in when we name our children! My father's branch of the Scott family hails from the Saginaw/ West Branch area of Michigan, USA... [...]"

(The visitors' book will be restored for new entries as soon as a solution can be found to the problem of idiotic 'spammers' who are threatening to ruin the Internet. Meanwhile, please use the Comment facility to contribute and, if you can possibly manage it, contribute a small donation here. Thanks.)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


This might seem somewhat 'off-topic' but I think it's relevant to anyone who believes in the value of communicating - Scott or not!

It's been a great shame having to suppress the Scott visitors' book because of excessive spamming. I just don't have the time to deal with this. But if anyone can help at all with this or any other aspect of this site - now's your chance to comment ...!