The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Quicksilver Mail pub, Hendford Hill, Yeovil BA20 2RG – on the second Monday of each month
|10th January||The Merchant Navy||David Parsons|
|14th February||30 Years Quit – Gamblers Anonymous Saved Me||Paul Isherwood|
|14th March||The Morgan Motor Company||Neville Lear|
|11th April||The Battle of Britain||John Smith|
|9th May||Fakes and Forgeries||Richard Kay of Lawrences Auctioneers|
|13th June||West Country Witchcraft||Brian Wright|
|11th July||John Scott, Nelson’s Secretary and Friend||John Maynard|
|8th August||Dorset and Somerset AirAmbulance||tba|
|12th September||Yeovil’s Past||Jack Sweet|
|10th October||Garden in Your Gut||Rob Bygrave|
|12th December||Wessex Water||Jane Angell|
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.