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date: 28 November 2020

Scott, Samuelfree

  • Andrew R. Walkling

(d ?London, 1699). English music publisher. He is first known as an apprentice to the instrument- and bookseller John Carr, where he seems to have worked alongside his master’s son Robert compiling one of a pair of new folio songbook collections to be published by the elder Carr (Robert Carr created Vinculum Societatis, while Scott assembled Comes Amoris); both collections appeared in 1687. In that same year Scott was freed by Carr, paying a fine of 2s. 6d. to the Stationers’ Company ‘for not being turned over ye Hall’, and opened his own shop at the Miter in Bell Yard, near Temple Bar, where he sold the same books as his former master, who was situated just across Fleet Street at the Middle Temple Gate. By 1689 he had rejoined John Carr’s business (Robert Carr presumably having abandoned the trade), and from thenceforward was listed as partner in a number of Carr’s publications, some of which were also sold by Henry Playford. Following Carr’s death or retirement c1695, Scott continued the business until his own death in 1699, when he was briefly succeeded by his widow (possibly named Katherine).


C.L. Day and E.B. Murrie: English Song-Books (London, 1940)
C. Humphries and W.C. Smith: Music Publishing in the British Isles