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Gavin Scott

Male 1876 - 1933  (56 years)

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  • Name Gavin Scott 
    Born 10 Aug 1876  Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1933 
    Person ID I1273  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 May 2018 

    Father Gavin Stewart Scott,   b. 17 Jun 1841, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1917, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Waugh,   b. 13 Jan 1858, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scot Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1937, Crossford, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 3 Jan 1876  Carluke, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F890  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eileen Marie 
    Married 1907 
    Last Modified 27 May 2018 
    Family ID F956  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Education: MA degree from University of Glasgow 1897. Birthdate confirmed on University graduation rolls.
      Went to Rangoon and made a career there in Dec 1899. (source: biography of Alexander Scott, University of Glasgow)
      1911 census: Glasgow. Occupation: deputy Commissioner, India Civil Service. Boarder, married. Eileen Marie Scott, age 27 is listed next also as a boarder. She had been married 4 years and had no children. Can't find a record of the marriage, although it may have been in India.
      In 1916 Gavin Scott was a municipal administrator in Rangoon and was the author of Report on the System of Municipal Administration of the City of Bombay with Suggestions for Its Adoption in Rangoon. By Gavin Scott
      From Amazing Pleasure Travel and Tour Co website: "Yangon is also famous for its colorful and lively markets. The most famous one is Bogyoke Aung San Market original named Scott Market when built in 1926 by Municipal Commissioner Gavin Scott."
      Unable to locate death certificate in Scotland. May have died in England.
      From The Straits Times, May 1, 1930, page 11:

      Mr. Gavin Scott
      Rangoon Official Leaves for Home

      Rangoon, April 15

      Mr. Gavin Scott, I.C.S., Commissioner of Rangoon Corporation, sailed for Calcutta today, en route to England on leave preparatory to retirement after 17 years of service as Chief Executive Officer of Rangoon Corporation. Twice he acted as president of the Rangoon Municipality. U. Set, Deputy Accountant-General will act in his place.
      Received through the good offices of Dr N. Bullock.
      Gavin Scott, I.C.S. Joined Service and posted to Burma 1899; sent in 1916 on a mission to Bombay to investigate the administrative system with a view to improving the system in Rangoon; President of Municipality of Rangoon 1917; Scott's new Municipal Act for Rangoon finally approved in 1922.
      Typed transcripts of five letters sent by Mr Scott to his father between February and April 1916. The letters were written while Scott was in India to study the Bombay Municipality. They were transcribed by Scott's father so he could send the texts to his other sons abroad. The present transcripts are taken from the father's letters. 11ff.
      It is evident from these letters that Mr. Scott had not previously travelled at all widely in India. His descriptions therefore have a freshness which might not have been expected from someone who had already served more than fifteen years in the East. As far as the outward railway journey from Calcutta to Bombay was concerned, Scott says that it was on the last day that the finest views occurred. This was when the line descended sharply from the Ghats to sea level.
      Having arrived in Bombay, Scott was immediately impressed with the many splendid stone buildings which reminded him of Scotland. These contrasted with the poorly constructed brick and wooden buildings in Rangoon. Bombay, too, brought Scott's first real glimpse of the grim reality of the First World War when he saw the arrival of the sick and wounded from the battlefields. He found that life in Bombay was arranged in a much more European fashion than it was in Rangoon. People with medium incomes lived in flats as only the very well-off could afford to pay for self-contained bungalows and compounds of the sort which existed in Rangoon.
      Scott soon got down to work. His chief contact was P.R. Cadell, I.C.S. who was in charge of the Bombay Municipality and responsible for roads, street cleaning and all aspects of public health. Scott later studied the Bombay Improvement Trust and read its reports back to 1899. His initial views of the city changed. He was struck by its age, its insanitary areas and the narrowness of its streets. In some respects he felt Rangoon had been more fortunate. When the British captured the city in 1852 they had very largely destroyed it. Officers of the East India Company had redeveloped Rangoon with a grid of parallel streets and there were many wide thoroughfares. Rangoon, he felt, would never become such a nest of slums as Bombay was.
      Scott made visits to Ahmadabad and Surat and included a chapter in his report on those municipalities. He travelled back to Calcutta by way of Delhi, Agra and Lucknow.
      May be the Gavin Scott who died Dec 1933 Pancras, London. Only able to view index.