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Archibald Scott

Mr Archibald Scott was born at 7 Willow Street in Belfast, Ireland on 13 April 1870. 

He was the son of John Scott, a loom worker, and Maria Dixon, and he had four known siblings: William (b. 19 March 1868), Agnes (b. 21 March 1872), Esther (b. 24 November 1873) and Agnes Dixon (b. 5 May 1876).

Archibald, described as a labourer, was married in St Stephen's Church on Belfast's Shankill Road on 15 April 1895 to Martha Anderson (b. circa 1866 in Edinburgh, Scotland, daughter of labourer John Anderson); their respective addresses were given as 19 Ashbourne Street and 28 Ninth Street, both in Belfast. The couple appears to have remained childless.

When Scott first went to sea remains unknown; he first appears on record in May 1898 when he was a fireman aboard the Dominion. By May 1910 he was a fireman aboard Jarnac, his ship prior to that being the Baltic

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 is 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 and as a fireman, he could expect monthly wages of £6.

Archibald Scott was lost in the Titanic disaster and 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.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr Archibald Scott
Age: 42 years and 2 days (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Married to Martha Anderson
Last Residence: at 3 Lower Ditches Southampton, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Inishowen
Embarked: Southampton
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
United States Senate, Washington 1912. n° 806, Crew List
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