Luncheons and Speakers


The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Quicksilver Mail pub, Hendford Hill, Yeovil BA20 2RG – on the second Monday of each month


10th JanuaryThe Merchant NavyDavid Parsons
14th February30 Years Quit – Gamblers Anonymous Saved MePaul Isherwood
14th MarchThe Morgan Motor CompanyNeville Lear
11th AprilThe Battle of BritainJohn Smith
9th MayFakes and ForgeriesRichard Kay of Lawrences Auctioneers
13th JuneWest Country WitchcraftBrian Wright
11th JulyJohn Scott, Nelson’s Secretary and FriendJohn Maynard
8th AugustDorset and Somerset AirAmbulancetba
12th SeptemberYeovil’s PastJack Sweet
10th OctoberGarden in Your GutRob Bygrave
14th NovemberAGM
12th DecemberWessex WaterJane Angell
Luncheon Speakers
Richard Kay of Lawrences Auctioneers, Chard talks about fakes and forgeries in the art world.

On Monday 11th July guest speaker, John Maynard gave a fascinating talk to Yeovil Probus Club about one of his ancestors, John Scott, who was Admiral Lord Nelson’s Secretary.

Scott came from fairly humble Scottish origins but received a good education, enabling to him to become a warrant officer secretary in the Royal Navy.  As a ship’s secretary he was not only responsible for any correspondence and record keeping, but also victualling his vessel. He became highly regarded and posted to ever larger ships.  At a young age he became not only the secretary to Lord Nelson, but also his confidante and friend. He was also a confidante of Emma Lady Hamilton and it was from Scott that Nelson learnt of the birth of his illegitimate son shortly after leaving England in 1905.

Scott was present at the Battle of Trafalgar and stationed on the quarter deck of Victory, next to Nelson, to record the battle where, sadly, one of the first cannonballs killed him immediately. Nelson clearly valued Scott enormously, writing that “…as a secretary for ability, punctuality and regularity I believe your superior is not to be met with”. It is a testimony to Scott that Nelson ensured that his family, to whom he was very close, were well provided for.