Duncan Campbell Scott

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  • Shelley Hulan (University of Waterloo)

Canadian poet Duncan Campbell Scott was born in Ottawa, Canada West, in 1862. The son of an English Methodist minister and a mother with Highland Scottish roots, he received a college education, though he could not pursue studies in medicine owing to a lack of funds. In 1879, he took up a clerkship in the Indian Branch of the federal government, a position which his father arranged through his acquaintance with Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. Scott was married in 1894 to an outgoing American named Belle Botsford; the death of their only child, Elizabeth, in 1907 devastated the couple. In 1905 and 1906, he was given the task of helping negotiate the terms of Treaty 9, also called the James Bay Treaty, between the federal …

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Hulan, Shelley. "Duncan Campbell Scott". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2004
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