Scott, William Robert (1868–1940)
W.R. Scott (‘the chief’ as A.L. Macfie used to describe him) was born in Armagh on 31 August 1868, the eldest son of Charles and Margaret Scott. He was educated at Canon Stewart’s Preparatory School and then St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham. Scott went to Trinity College Dublin in 1885, graduating BA in 1889 and MA two years later. 1891 saw his first major publication, An Introduction to Cudworth’s Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality. Scott’s philosophical interests were also marked by his Simple History of Ancient Philosophy (1894).