Famous Scotts

The November 23 1935 edition of the Toronto Globe included this reference to two famous men named Scott:


Walter Scott (1771-1832) became Sir Walter Scott in 1820. He was a poet, a historian, a playwright, and an author of books such as Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. His most famous lines of poetry are probably these:

Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) was a Canadian poet who had a day job: he was head of the Department of Indian Affairs from 1913 to 1932. These days, we would probably look on him as an out-and-out racist: he was one of the architects of the notorious residential schools policy, and he had strongly negative opinions on Indigenous customs. He is widely considered an outstanding Canadian poet, but a poll of historians in 2007 listed him as one of the Worst Canadians.

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