CFHS code : PL290
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Memory of EDWARD WILLIAM SMYTH SCOTT Maj General Royal (late Bengal) Artillery and son of Rev J & Lady ARABELLA SCOTT of Ballyconnon died Cambridge 1st July 1892 aged 79 also ELIZA his wife daughter of Lt General Sir WILLIAM WHISH KCB died at Bedford 20 Feb 1898 aged 76
Monument : Celtic cross
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
This monument, in the parish area of St Paul, is very well preserved.
‛In memory of Edward William Smyth Scott
Major General Royal (late Bengal) Artillery
3rd son of Rev J & Lady Arabella Scott of Ballygannon
who died in Cambridge Jany 1st 1892
aged 79 years.’
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on thee”
‛Also of Eliza his wife
daughter of the late Lieutenant
General Sir William Whish K.C.B.
who died at Bedford Feb 20 1898 aged 76 years’
Major General Edward William Smyth Scott (1812 -1 January 1892)
Edward was born in County Wicklow, Ireland and was the son of Rev. John Middleton Scott (1781-1818) and Lady Arabella Barbara Brabazon (1772-c.1822). Arabella was the daughter of the 8th Earl of Meath and had married John Scott in March 1803. His father died when he was c.6 years old and it believed he died of typhus which he caught whilst on parochial duties in India.
Edward joined the Bengal Artillery and married Eliza Whish on 11 May 1840 at St. Stephen’s Church, Dum Dum, Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) West Bengal when he was c.28 years old. The couple had at least five children: Mary Cecilia (1841-1930), Major General William Walter Hopton (1843-1906), Alfred Brabazon (c.1845-), Emily Augusta (1859-1940) and Ellen Arabella (1859-1943). All the children were born in Dum Dum and by 1859 Edward was working as ‘Inspector General of Ordnance and Magazines’.
By at least 1870 Edward had retired and the family was living at Trelydan Hall, near Welshpool in Montgomeryshire. Twins Ellen and Emily were 11 years old, and their granddaughter Mary Napier (daughter of Mary) was also living with them in 1871. Mary Scott had married Robert Connelis Napier, 1st Baron of Magdala in 1861 and although they lived in India, one of their daughter’s had been born in Trelydan the previous year. By 1881 Edward and Eliza were living alone in Kensington, with a housemaid and cook.
The twins married two Cambridge graduates. Emily married Rev. Robert Hatch Kennett (184-1932) in 1889. Robert was an academic, Regius professor of Hebrew at Cambridge University (1903-1932) and served as curate of St. Botolph’s from 1887-1889. Ellen married Rev. Howard Augustus Crosbie (1844-1918) in 1885. Howard was a Trinity College graduate and served as Vicar of Trumpington from 1885 to 1891. It is thought the girls’ connections to Cambridge brought Edward and Eliza to live there too. By at least 1891 the couple were living at 4 Brookside and Edward died there in early 1892.
He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 January 1892, and the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported the funeral by saying ‘the funeral took place…of a distinguished officer, formerly of the Bengal Artillery, who had seen active service in the Indian Mutiny, he having made the second breach in the wall of Delhi. Major General Scott has for the past few years lived a retired life in Cambridge, where his kindly nature endeared him to all who knew him. His family was represented at the funeral by Mrs Scott, Lady Napier and her sons, Mr and Mrs Crosbie, later of Trumpington vicarage, Mr and Mrs Kennett, and General Whish’.
Eliza Scott (née Whish) (24 January 1822 – 20 February 1898)
Eliza was born in Dr. Ambedkar Nagar (formerly known as Mhow), Madhya Pradesh, India. She was the daughter of Lieutenant General Sir William Sampson Whish KCB (1787-1853) and his wife Lady Mary Hardwicke (née Dixon) (1790-1861). She was baptised at St. Nicholas’s Church in Gloucester on 1 August 1823, but is thought to have grown up in India. Her father was a distinguished soldier, Lieutenant General of the Bengal Artillery, and many of her brothers also had military careers.
After she was widowed she moved to live with her son William in Bedford, and died at Belmont, 32 Rutland Road in Bedford aged 76 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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