Richard James Scott was born in Liverpool, England on 2 March 1866 and was baptised on 18 March that year alongside his twin brother Charles William in St Peter’s Church. He was the son of cab driver Richard Scott and the former Alice Fairhurst.
When Scott—who was illiterate—first went to sea is unclear but by April 1892 he was an able seaman aboard Origen. He also served aboard Gascony and Benedict before the close of that century.
Described as a mariner, Scott was married in Liverpool’s Holy Trinity Church in June 1890 to Catherine Monaghan (b. 1870), the daughter of Irish parents. The couple had four children in all, two sons who both died in infancy, Richard and James, and two daughters, Catherine and Margaret. By 1911 the family lived at 66 Birchfield Street in Liverpool.
In April 1912 Scott was serving as an able seaman aboard the eastward-bound voyage of the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic.
Scott continued working at sea in the merchant fleet and was awarded for his service during WWI. Widowed in June 1917, Richard was remarried in February 1919 to Eva Dawick.
A late resident of 39 Freeland Street, Richard James Scott died in Liverpool in October 1926 and was buried in Anfield Cemetery (section 17, plot 4229).