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Dr. John Scott 

Dr. John Scott

Male 1814 - 1856

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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  25 Jan 1814  Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1834  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1834  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1851  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    medical doctor and coroner 
    Elected Office  1852  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden 
    Elected Office  1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve 
    Died  21 Dec 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Cause: consumption 
    Occupation  Bef 1859  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Doctor 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-27478P 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I27478  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  Charles Scott,   b. Abt 1790, of, Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1845, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret Douglas,   b. Abt 1790, , Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1879, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F25712  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Catherine Smith,   b. 1819, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1895, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles John Scott,   b. 1853, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William Scott,   b. 21 Aug 1856, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1857, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F7160  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mrs.,   b. Abt 1815, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1850, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F35776  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Scott, John Dr. - formal painting.jpg
    Scott, John Dr. - formal painting.jpg
    http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/Region.nsf/0/D22EE171F2AA335185256B0A004D7B4C?OpenDocument
    Dr. John Scott
    Dr. John Scott
    source Waterloo Hall of Fame
    Dr. John Scott
    Dr. John Scott
    From Berlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir located at the Kitchener Public Library
    Dr. John Scott
    Dr. John Scott

  • Notes 
    • It is our painful duty this day to record the Death of a gentleman who, both in his public and private character, had earned for himself the respect and esteem of the community. Dr John Scott, Reeve of the Town of Berlin and Warden of the County of Waterloo died at his residence in Berlin, on Sunday last, aged 42. He had been ill for some months with disease of the liver, but at one time it was hoped that he would be spared to us, as he was able about six weeks ago to leave his house and visit some of his friends. The disease under which he lingered, however, had left him fearfully prostrated and his system never fairly rallied. Consumption set in and death relieved him at last of the suffering under which he had so long labored. See Berlin Chronicle, December 24, 1856 for continuation.(page 2, col. 3)

      1aBerlin Chronicle 24 Dec 1856

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      A FEARFUL CALAMITY (cholera fever epidemic of Galt in 1834)

      out of a clear sky, the most terrible calamity which ever befell the locality came swiftly and fatally down upon its ill-fated inhabitants.

      Amusements in the nature of travelling companies were then almost unknown in the new settlements of Upper Canada, and the announcement that a menagerie of wild beasts would exhibit in Galt on the 28th July, caused universal interest far and near. For nearly twenty miles around, the coming exhibition was talked about, until it became the topic of absorbing interest.

      When the day arrived, there was - considering the circumstances - a large attendance, people coming from Waterloo, Beverly, Woolwich, Blenheim, and other places more distant than could have been attracted by anything less exciting than a menagerie was in those early times. The day proved intensely warm, in fact a regular " scorcher," and from all accounts, the collection of wild animals was meagre, and the dens and their occupants extremely filthy. The odor was so marked as to detract seriously from the comfort of the audience, and the entertainment was hardly over, when rumours began to prevail, that the company had brought the much-dreaded disease of cholera with them to the village.

      The report first arose from the illness of one of the showmen. He had been brought to the village a day or two before the menagerie arrived, and fears that his complaint was cholera ....

      His fears, unfortunately, proved too true. That frightful plague, in its worst form, had been introduced by the menagerie, and already the seeds of death were developing in many of those who had attended the fatal entertainment.

      The exhibition took place on Monday, and by Wednesday night and Thursday, the cholera was raging with almost unparalleled malignity and fatality. The harrowing scenes which occurred can never be erased from the memories of those who passed through them. The agony of the stricken, the swiftness of death, the rude board coffins and the hasty burials - in some cases within a few minutes after the last breath was drawn - turned the recently hopeful village into a very charnel-house, from which many fled in despair, whilst all but a few were paralysed with fear. ...

      Mr. Strang's church was stripped of its temporary board seats, and turned into a hospital, where as many as possible of those attacked were taken. Dr. Miller was soon overdone with work, and at his solicitation, one Dr. McQuarrie came to Galt and rendered good service. Most valuable assistance was also given by Dr. John Scott, then a young man of about twenty-one years of age, who, with his father and other members of his family, had fortunately arrived from Roxboroughshire, Scotland, about ten days previously. He was a brother of Mr. Andrew Scott, of Galt, and afterwards became widely known in Berlin as a skilful practitioner and public-spirited citizen.

      Dr. Scott was one of the most fearless of the little band who fought the cholera inch by inch, with their lives in their hands, until it finally disappeared....


      Reminiscenses of the Early History of Galt

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      Dr. John Scott of Berlin for several years past warden of this county, died the 21st inst. Dumfries Reformer3a

      3aThe Christian Guardian 31 Dec 1856 pg 51

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      Dr. John Scott, Reeve 1854, 1855-6.

      Dr. John Scott was the first warden of Waterloo County and Berlin's first reeve. He was elected in 1854 when it was formed into a village and held the position during 1855 and 1856. His early death ended his public career. But for his efforts it is doubtful whether Berlin would have been chosen as the county seat of Waterloo County. He was s Scotchman by birth and a graduate of the Edinburgh University. His knowledge and ability secured him a practice extensive in all senses of the word. His intense loyalty to Berlin endeared him to his fellow-citizens and they delighted to honor him. His public services deserve further recognition.4a

      4aOfficial souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

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      Dr. John Scott, a Scottish surgeon, opened an office below Mr. Hailer's turnery in 1835. The doctor's house was on the library Lot. [50 Queen St.N.].5a

      5a
      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg


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      February 11, 1852 - Inaugural address by John Scott, Reeve of Waterloo



      Allow me to return you thanks for the honourable distinction you have conferred upon me, in electing me Provisional Warden of the important County of Waterloo. In return permit me to congratulate you upon the attainment so far of your long cherished desire of being a new and independent County, and on the proud position you now occupy as its first Municipal Council. The necessity of a separate and independent centre of Municipal and Judicial Jurisdiction has been long felt and acknowledged by the inhabitants of the territory composing the new County of Waterloo, and I think you will agree with me that the Legislation has evinced a high degree of capacity (?) and discrimination in selecting the Township to compose the new County. Let us glance at its topographical features, and we find three of the most important Townships in it, Woolwich, Waterloo and North Dumfries linked together by that noble stream the Grand River, into which after passing through Waterloo flows the Speed at Preston. Higher up, after traversing Wellesley and Woolwich it is joined by the picturesque Conostogo. To the South West of the County we find the river Nith wandering through Wellesley and Wilmot and after traversing the Township of Blenheim (the north half of which, if the almost unanimous wish of the inhabitants were granted must shortly be annexed to this County) likewise joining the Grand River. These main arteries along with a multitude of smaller tributaries are now nearly all employed in propelling machinery of every description and to an amount not to be equalled in any Section of Canada West.

      Within the County you have 20 large Grist Mills, the number of Saw Mills I cannot enumerate, besides Carding and Felting Mills, Foundries, Tanneries, and Factories of almost every description, and all in constant and active operation. The possession of such a vast supply of water power, the general fertility of the soil, the extensive amount of pine timber, a healthy climate, an industrious and enterprising population now numbering according to the late census over 26, 000, excellent roads and good markets render your County one of the most favoured in Upper Canada, and present a field for the investment of capital, in almost every department of industry, not to be surpassed in the Province. Again the completion of the Galt branch of the Great Western Railway, while it will incalculably facilitate the transmifsion of your exports and imports, will closely connect your County with every other part of this vast continent. The central location of your County Town will render the transaction of Municipal and Judicial businefs cheap and convenient, as no party can possibly travel over 20 miles to attend Courts or Councils, thus curtailing and equalising mileage in the service and execution of writs and processes, and rendering easy and convenient the attendance of all parties having business to transact at the County Town. Furthermore, the location of the County Town at Berlin opens up a new field for Railway enterprise as, undoubtedly, at no distant day, it will be connected by Railway either with the Galt branch of the Great Western, or the Toronto and Guelph railroad Again, the proximity, and intimate connection in every point of view existing between this County and the County of Perth, render their interests mutual, and which, if judiciously and fairly developed must tend to the advantage and prosperity of both.

      Your first duty, then, Gentlemen, will be to adopt prompt measures for the erection and completion of your County buildings, so as to procure as early a separation as practicable from the other Counties with which you are now united. As from the geographical position of at least one of these Counties, your interests can never become indentified. The necessity and expediency of this step, will, I feel confident, meet with your unanimous approval. In accomplishing, therefore, this important object, for which the Legislature has proclaimed you a Provisional Council, I sincerely hope you will act with unanimity and promptitude, as by so doing, you will not only be carrying onto the benevolent enactments of the Legislature, but accelerating the settlement and improvement of adjoining townships and promoting the general welfare and prosperity of your new noble County.

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      A-1-124 John Scott Letters of Administration of the estate of John Scott, late of Berlin, Esquire, deceased, to Catherine Scott of Berlin, aforesaid widow of the said deceased upon her giving proof that the said deceased died intestate on or about the 21st day of December 1856 and on her giving a bond with security for the due administration of such estate herself and two sureties in the persons of Charles Hendry of Conestogo of the Township of Woolwich, Merchant, and Henry S. Huber, of Berlin aforesaid Merchant, each in the sum of five thousand pounds the person property being to the amount of about two thousand pounds.

      Letters granted 13th February 1857
      Died 21st December 1856
      No Inventory6a

      6aSurrogate Court Records Copybook Register A 1853-1871 partial transcript to 1863. Frances Hoffman transcriber.

  • Sources 
    1. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      N.E. John Scott M.D./ a native of/ Roxburghshire/ Scotland/ and 22 years a resident/ of Berlin C.W./ died Dec. 21, 1856/ ae. 42 years S.E. William/ 2nd son of/ J. & C. Scott/ died Aug. 22, 1857/ ae. 1 year

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 12.

    3. [S27] International Genealogical Index - Extracted Church Records, Parish registers for Lillesleaf, 1737-1854 Church of Scotland. Parish Church of Lilliesleaf (Roxburghshire) Filim 1067947.

    4. [S2070] Directory - Ontario Directory for 1851.

    5. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), December 24, 1856.

    6. [S1000] News - Christian Guardian - Death Notices from the Christian Guardian 1851-1860, 31 Dec 1856 pg 51 - Death Notice of Dr. John Scott.

    7. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), 18 Jan 1859.
      13 Jan 1859 In Berlin, on the 13th inst., by the Rev'd A. C. Geikie, M.C. Schofield, Esq., P.L.S., to Catherine Scott, widow of the late Dr. Scott, of Berlin. [We have to acknowledge the receipt of the usual bridal favors, and wish our estimable friends every happiness in the life they have so auspiciously entered upon.]

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Jan 1814 - Lilliesleaf, , Roxburgh, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1834 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1834 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - medical doctor and coroner - 1851 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden - 1852 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: consumption - 21 Dec 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Doctor - Bef 1859 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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