Frederick George Scott


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(1861–1944). Born in Montreal, he received a B.A. from Bishop's College, Lennoxville, Quebec, in 1881 and an M.A. in 1884. After studying theology at King's College, London, in 1882 and being refused ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada for his Anglo-Catholic beliefs, he was ordained at Coggeshall, Essex, in 1886. He served first at Drummondville, Quebec, and then in Quebec City, where he became rector of St Matthew's Church (in whose rectory his son F.R. Scott was born in 1899). In 1906 he was appointed a canon of the cathedral and in 1925 archdeacon. During the First World War he was chaplain to the Canadian First Division, where his courage at the front was legendary; his book The Great War as I saw it (1922) is a vivid war memoir. The critic M. Jeanne Yardley has shown that in spite of his book's essentially chivalric sensibility, it contains many (unconsciously) ironic elements, a feature of our modern understanding of war: as such it is atypical of other contemporary war accounts and ‘suggestive of those to follow’. Scott was created cmg in 1916 and was awarded the dso in 1918. After the war he was chaplain of the army and navy veterans and was renowned for his radical social views during the Winnipeg and Besco strikes. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1900.


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