THE REV GIDEON SCOTT MA, Oxford, went over to Ulster as Chaplain in WILLIAM III's army in 1688, and purchased the Willsboro' estate in 1696.
He married Jane, daughter of Robert McNeill, of Ballintoy, County Antrim, by Margaret his wife, daughter of Sir John Ruthven, and widow of Sir Dugald Stuart Bt.
Mr Scott died in 1724, leaving (with two daughters, Anne and Jane) an only son,
WILLIAM SCOTT (1705-76), of Willsborough, County Londonderry, for many years Recorder and MP for the city of Londonderry, sometime Prime Sergeant, a judge of the King's Bench, and eventually a Baron of the Exchequer.
He married Hannah, daughter of Thomas Gledstanes, and by her had issue,
Thomas, Recorder of Londonderry, 1765; d 1770;The second son,
JAMES, of whom presently;
Anthony, died 1770.
JAMES SCOTT (1745-1820), of Willsboro', wedded, in 1779, Catherine Elizabeth, daughter of the Rt Rev James Leslie, Lord Bishop of Limerick, and sister of Sir Edward Leslie, 1st Baronet, of Tarbert House, County Kerry, and by her had issue,
William, died 1803-4;Mr Scott was succeeded by his second son,
THOMAS, his heir;
Edward, a major in the army;
George (Rev), rector of Banagher;
James Leslie Montgomery (Rev), Chancellor of Down, rector of Portaferry;
Joice, m R Ogilby of Pellipar;
Hannah; Mary Anne Martha; Jane.
THOMAS SCOTT JP DL (1783-1872), of Willsboro',
High Sheriff, 1844; lieutenant, Bengal Army; Brigade Major of Yeomanry in Ireland.This gentleman espoused firstly, in 1823, Hannah, widow of John Campbell, of Limavady; and secondly, in 1827, Anne Monaghan; and thirdly, in 1844, Katharine Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Rev Thomas Richardson, of Somerset, near Coleraine, County Londonderry.
He had issue by his second wife,
James, died 1846;Mr Scott's eldest son,
WILLIAM EDWARD, of whom hereafter;
Thomas Lucas (Rev);
Charles Stewart (Rt Hon Sir), GCB, GCMG;
Elizabeth; Hannah; Annette;
Hatton Thomasina; Katharine Emily; Jane Barbara.
WILLIAM EDWARD SCOTT JP DL (1833-), of Willsboro', High Sheriff, 1857, Captain and Honorary Major, Londonderry Militia, married, in 1861, Catherine Georgina, daughter of the Ven Alexander Stuart, Archdeacon of Ross, and by her had issue,
Thomas George Stuart, died in 1868;Major Scott's daughter,
KATHERINE ELIZABETH, mother of WILLIAM EDWARD PHILLIPS SCOTT;
Anne Frances Emily.
KATHERINE ELIZABETH SCOTT, wedded, in 1896, Edward Loftus Phillips, fourth son of Charles P Phillips, of Berkeley Cottage, Hertfordshire, and had issue,
WILLIAM EDWARD PHILLIPS, born in 1903;
Anne Frances Emily, died in 1891.
|Willsboro' seen though a wide-angled lens. Photo credit: Tyler Collins|
WILLSBOROUGH HOUSE, otherwise Willsboro', near Eglinton, County Londonderry, is a mid-19th century house of two storeys and six bays, flanked by canted, projecting bays at either end.
The roof is concealed behind a cornice and parapet.
It faces westwards across flat terrain to the river Foyle, County Londonderry.
There is a courtyard to the rear.