Alexander John Scott's family are
best known for their literary work of which the publication of The
Book of Sun Dials, by his daughter, and of the
children's book Jackanapes by his
grandaughter are possibly the best known.
His grandson, Alfred, was to
become Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty, Garter King-of arms.
John Alexander Scott had written to a friend, Rev. G. Thomas,.......'I
never mean to marry for love, you must know, but I desire you
will look out for me......' On 28th December 1801 Lord Nelson had
recommened Scott to Charterhouse. It was whilst in Jamaica that
Scott hear that he had been presented with the living at
Southminster, Essex, where he made his first 'Easter Return'(of
Marriages, Burials and Baptisms) in 1807.
Later that same year he was to marry Frances Mary Ryder - the
daughter of the Registrar of Charterhouse. This was opposed by
her parents on the grounds of Scott's age but they married in
secret and she returned to live with her parents at Hendon. They
eventually relented and the couple were re-married at Hendon on 9th
July. Two daughters were born, Horatia in 1809 and Margaret in
1810. Their mother died the following year at her parent's home
Margaret married a young curate, Alfred Gatty, of Bellerby,
Yorkshire. They had ten children as follows;
- Margaret b.1840(Madge) F.P. Smith
- Juliana Horatia b. 841(Julie) Mrs Ewing.
- Alfred Alexander b. 1843 - died in infancy
- Reginald Alfred b.1844
- Horatia Katherine Frances b. 1846(Dot) T.B.Eden
- Alfred b. 1847(Made Scott-Gatty the surname)Dr Brownie.
- Undine Marcia b. 1848(Diney) Rev W. Ward
- Stephen Herbert b. 1849
- Charles Tindal b. 1851
- Horatio Nelson b. 1855 died in infancy.
The Books published by Margaret
Gatty nee Margaret Scott;
- 1842 Recollection of the Life of Rev.
Alexander John Scott
- 1851 The Fairy Godmother and other Tales
- 1855-71 Parables from Nature(5 vols)
- 1856 Worlds not Realised
- 1857 Provebs Illustrated
- 1858 The Poor Incumbent
- 1858 Legendary Tales
- 1860 The Human Face DIvine
- 1861 The Travels and Adventures of Dr Wolff
- 1861 The Old Folks from Home
- 1862 Aunt Judy's Letters
- 1863 British Sea Weeds
- 1864 The History of a Bit of Bread
- 1865 Aunt Sally's Life
- 1866 Domestic Pictures and Tales
- 186-73 Aunt Judy's Magazine.6vols.
- 1869 Proverbs Illustated
- 1869 The Children's Mission Army
- 1869 Mission Shillings
- 1871 Waifs and Strays of Natural History
- 1872 Aunt Judy's Song Book for Children
- 1872 Select Parables from Nature
- 1872 A Book of Emblems
- 1872 The Mother's Book of Poetr
- 1872 The Book of Sun Dials
The 1863 'British Sea Weeds' and the 1872 'The Book of Sun
Dials' are to this day considered as reference books.
The books published by Juliana
Horatia Gatty - (Julie) Mrs A. Ewing.
- 1861 Melchior's Dream and Other
- 1865 Mystery of the Bloody Hand
- 1865 The Brownies
- 1866 Mrs Overtheways Remembrances
- 1867 Three Christmas Trees
- 1869 Old Fashioned Fairy Tales
- 1869 Land of Lost Toys
- 1869 Christmas Crackers
- 1870 Amelia and the Dwarfs
- 1870 Benjy in Beast Land
- 1870 Timothy's Shoes
- 1870 A Flat Iron for a Farthing
- 1871 The Blind Hermit and the
- 1871 The Peace Eggs
- 1872 Six to Sixteen
- 1872 Jan of the Windmill
- 1872 Old Father Christmas
- 1873 Lob Lie by the Fire
- 1873 Madam Liberality
- 1874 A Great Emergency
- 1874 Verse Book for Children
- 1876 Father Hedgehog and his
- 1876 Dandelion Clocks
- 1876 Our Field
- 1877 We and The World
- 1879 A Soldier's Children
- 1879 Jackanapes
- 1881 Daddy Darwin's Dovecote
- 1882 Things that are Seen
- 1882 Sunflowers and a Rush Light
- 1883 Mary's Meadow
- 1884 Letters from a Little Garden.
The 1879 publication of 'Jackanapes' is by far the best
known of her books.
'Armourial Families' Vol 2 David &
Charles Re-print. for Alexander John Scott Scott-Gatty
'Dictioary of National Biography' Alfred
Gatty1813-1903 and Margaret Gatty 1809-1873.