Scottish botanist. Gardener at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, before becoming foreman of the propagating department at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, in 1859. Through CD's patronage emigrated to India in 1864, and worked briefly on a Cinchona plantation before taking a position as curator of the Calcutta botanic garden in 1865. Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, 1873. Carried out numerous botanical experiments and observations on CD's behalf.
Sources: Correspondence Vol. 13, letter from John Scott, 21 July 1865 Desmond, Ray 1994 Freeman, R. B. 1978 Transactions of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh 14 (1883): 160–1
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