John Scott was born in Bermondsey, London, and died in Ratcliff, Hertfordshire. The son of a linen-draper, he was a Quaker and poet. A frequent contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine, he was friendly with Elizabeth Montagu and Samuel Johnson. A volume of his critical essays on English poetry was published posthumously, in 1785, partly, it seems, in response to criticisms of his own poetry.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.