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MICHAEL SCOTT (1789-1835)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 469 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MICHAEL SCOTT (1789-1835), British author, was born at Cowlairs, near Glasgow, on the 3oth of October 1789, the son of a Glasgow merchant. In 18o6 he went to Jamaica, first managing some estates, and afterwards joining a business firm in Kings-ton. The latter post necessitated his making frequent journeys, on the incidents of which he based his best known book, Tom Gringle's Log. In 1822 he left Jamaica and settled in Glasgow, where he engaged in business. Tom Gringle's Log began to appear serially in Blackwood's Magazine in 1829. Scott's second story, The Cruise of the Midge, was also first published serially in Blackwood's in 1834-1835. The first appearance in book-form of each story was in Paris in 1834. Both stories were originally published anonymously, and their authorship was not known till after Scott's death at Glasgow, on the 7th of November 1835.
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