Paul Scott

Full name:                              Paul Alexander Scott

Born:                                         New Brunswick, 26 October 1872


Clubs:                                        SA College, Hamiltons, Diggers

Provinces:                              Western Province, Transvaal

International career:      1896: 4 tests

Schools:                                   Diocesan College (Bishops), SACS

University:                             South African College (forerunner of the                                                               University of Cape Town)

Paul Scott, a tough forward, was a miner, transport rider, speculator and farmer.  His father, Lt-Col John Scott, who was born in Inverness, Scotland, came to South Africa in 1878, with his wife and five children.  He fought on the Frontier and in the Zulu Wars, served with the Prince Imperial and was a friend of the Empress Eugenie.  He was a great competitive shot.  His mother was the sister of Canon John Widdicombe of Bloemfontein.

He founded the Cape Town Highlanders in 1885, who were called out just over six months later for the Malay Riots in 1886. The regiment was also involved in the Bechuanaland Campaign of 1897 and in the Anglo-Boer War.  When he first retired from the Highlanders, he was persuaded to stay on by Cecil John Rhodes.  After he finally retired he became the proprietor of the Round House Estate which had formerly belonged to Lord Charles Somerset.

Paul Scott was awarded the Boer War Medal with five bars.  He was a major in the Rifle Brigade in World War I, after starting the war as a private.  He moved around – to the Transvaal, to Mashonaland, back to the Cape, back to Transvaal, up to Rhodesia, and on to Northern Rhodesia.  In World War II he reported for duty with the RAF in England.  He listed shooting, swimming and rowing as his hobbies.

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