m. 18 DEC 1599
Facts and Events
Richard was a shoemaker who settled first at Boston before removing to Providence by 1638. He was the deputy to Providence for the Rhode Island General Assembly once in 1666, and appears in a handful of land transactions. Richard's wife was the sister of the infamous Anne Hutchinson. However, he and his wife do not appear listed among her core supporters. Richard Scott was present at her church trial at Boston on 15 March 1637/8 and spoke only once, in her defense: “I desire to propound this one scruple which keeps me that I cannot so freely in my spirit give way to Excommunication. Whether it were not better to give her a little time to consider of the things that is …vised against her, because she is not yet convinced of her lie and so things is with her in distraction, and she can not recollect her thoughts” [Antinomian Controversy 386].
Sometime between late 1638 and early 1640, Richard Scott was the first signer of a petition of those “desirous to inhabit in the town of Providence” [PrTR 1:1; RICR 1:14]. (Chapin argued for this dating of the document, and that it comprised “the young men … and also the new-comers” who were admitted after the agreement of 8 October 1638 [Chapin 1:90-91, 96-98].) On 27 July 1640, Richard Scott signed the Combination, which firmly established the government of the town of Providence [PrTR 15:2-5; RICR 1:27-31; Chapin 1:110-15].
He apparently did not leave a will, but, on 27 April 1686, “Epenetus Olney & John Whipple both of the town of Providence” deposed that “nine years since or thereabouts, being on board of the vessel that then Henry Beere was master of, there being also aboard Richard Scott of the town & colony aforesaid (with several others), the said Richard Scott desired these deponents to come to him into the cabin, & desiring us to be witnesses to what he would declare, as to some of his granddaughters, did declare … that he the said Richard Scott (by the great desire of his wife) had freely given & granted unto his three granddaughters, Sarah Scott, Mary Scott, & Katheren Scott, his fifty-acre division of upland & meadow between the seven-mile line & the four-mile line” [PrTR 14:131]. “In the beginning of March” 1681, there was laid out to “Sarah Scott, Katheren Scott, & Mary Scott, granddaughters to Richard Scott of the town of Providence (now deceased) & in the right of the said Richard Scott seventy acres of land it being the full of the right of the said Richard Scott arising to him in the second division, or fifty-acre division, and by the said Richard Scot with the free consent of his wife hath freely given to the said Sarah, Katherne, & Mary Scott the said land” [PrTR 14:94-95]. On 28 March 1691, “Rebeckah Whipple of Providence” sold to “Isaac Hernden of Providence … a certain parcel of land containing by estimation seventy acres … it being the full of the right of Richard Scott, deceased, and freely given to his three granddaughters, Sarah Scott, Katheren Scott, & Mary Scott, and now at the disposition of the said Rebeckah Whipple, as by a certain instrument from under all their hands & seals …, which said piece of land is about eight miles distant from the said town of Providence” [PrTR 4:233-35]. (These three granddaughters were the daughters of John Scott, son of Richard. Rebecca Whipple, who made the sale in 1691, was the remarried widow of John Scott.)