Captain Hugh McLellan Scott

Biography of Captain Hugh McLellan Scott

Hugh McLellan Scott was born in Paisley on the 14th of April 1892, and was the son of William – an engineer – and Margaret McLellan Scott. The family lived at Buchanan Terrace, 93 Greenock Road, Paisley, and Hugh grew up with an older brother, Adam, and a younger sister, Annie.

Hugh joined the University of Glasgow to undertake an Arts degree in 1909, at the age of 17. In his first year he took classes in Latin and Greek, followed in his second with classes in English and Higher Mathematics. In his final year he took Moral Philosophy, Logic, Elementary Hebrew and Political Philosophy, for which he won a First-Class Certificate of Merit. He graduated with an Ordinary Arts Degree on the 18th of June, 1912.

In 1912, Hugh returned to University for what was to be the start of a successful University career, taking classes in Honours Economics, which completed his degree and gained him an MA with Honours. He then began a degree in Theology in the 1913/14 session, taking classes in Divinity, Church History, and Junior Hebrew – the latter of which he won first prize in. In 1914 studied Biblical Criticism, and he won prizes in Divinity and Senior Hebrew.

When war broke out Hugh was forced to abandon his studies, and joined the Highland Light Infantry - the same regiment as his brother Adam. Hugh was quickly promoted through the ranks, gaining the title of Captain of the 3rd Battalion. Captain Scott was killed in action on the 6th of September 1918, at Messines Ridge in Belgium. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour in the Memorial Chapel.


Captain Hugh McLellan Scott
Rank: Captain
Regiment: 3rd Highland Light Infantry
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/256


University of Glasgow Registry Records: Matriculation books 1909-1914 (R8/5/30/7, R8/5/31/7, R8/5/32/7, R8/5/33/7, R8/5/34/7, R8/5/35/7)

University of Glasgow Senate Records: University Calendars (SEN10/55-57)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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