Friday, 20th of October 2017

Friday, 20th of October 2017

The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey dedicated a tablet in memory of Sir George Scott and some 200 of his followers on May 4, 1929. The tablet resides at St. Peter’s Church in Perth Amboy, the oldest Episcopal Church in New Jersey, founded in 1685. Located on an interior wall of the church, the tablet is inscribed thus:

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IN MEMORY OF SIR GEORGE SCOTT
LAIRD OF PITLOCHIE, LADY MARGARET
HIS WIFE, EUPHAM HIS DAUGHTER, LATER
WIFE OF DR. JOHN JOHNSTONE, AND OF
SOME TWO HUNDRED OF THEIR FOLLOWERS
WHO IN 1685, BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION
SAILED FROM LEITH, IN SCOTLAND, ON THE "HENRY AND
FRANCIS", FOR PERTH AMBOY, THE COLONIAL CAPITAL OF
EAST JERSEY, OF WHOM SOME SEVENTY, INCLUDING
SIR GEORGE SCOTT AND LADY MARGARET, PERISHED
ON THE VOYAGE


THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS
IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, MCMXXIX

 

The restoration to the throne of Charles II inaugurated a period of bitter persecution of the Independents of England and the Presbyterians of Scotland. George Scott was given his liberty provided he transported to East Jersey many of the Covenanters who had refused to take an oath of allegiance. He obtained a grant of 500 acres in New Jersey conditioned upon his residing thereon. Scott chartered the ship Henry and Francis and on September 5, 1685, he and his wife and daughter and followers left Leith, England for South Amboy, then capital and general Land Office of East Jersey. Eventually, the Henry and Francis dropped anchor in Raritan Bay, but only after many on the ill-fated voyage had died, including Scott and his wife.

Among the survivors were men who went on to found the Presbyterian Church at Freehold and others who aided in the formation of the First Presbyterian Church of New York City.