Archibald Scott was born in Belfast, Ireland on 1 September 1870. He was the son of Thomas Scott and Martha Cochrane.
Archibald was married in mid-1895 to Martha Anderson (b. circa 1866 in Edinburgh, Scotland) but the couple appear to have had no children. On the 1901 census of Ireland Archibald is absent but his wife is listed as living at 103 Conway Street, West Belfast and her profession is listed as a reeler in a mill, perhaps Conway Mill which was adjacent to Conway Street at the time. She was listed as a member of the Church of Ireland and as literate. On the 1911 census Archibald is again absent but his wife his still listed as a linen reeler and now living at 262 Conway Street, Belfast.
When Archibald signed on to the Titanic¸ on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 3 Lower Ditches, Southampton (a lodging address) and an 'X' against his name suggests that he was illiterate. His previous ship was the Inishowen. As a fireman Archibald could expect monthly wages of £6.
Archibald Scott was lost in the Titanic disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. He is remembered on the Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall.
Archibald's widow Martha later successfully sued Ismay, Imrie and Company Ltd and received £237, 12s for the loss of her husband. She apparently remained living in Belfast and possibly died in the 1920s but her eventual fate is unclear.