William Scott was born 1784 in Virginia. He was appointed second lieutenant in the colonial militia in August 1824. He bought a schooner in 1825, probably the same boat that Austin rented from him in June 1827. He commanded the schooner Stephen F. Austin at Anahuac in 1832 and in April 1836 offered the Texas government the use of his sloop, the Fourth of July, provided that his son assume command. He was elected captain of the Lynchburg Volunteers in September 1835 and contributed the blue silk used in making one of the first Lone Star flags for Texas. He was with the army in the Siege of Béxar in November of that year. He was scheduled to appear in court for attacking two neighbors thought to be Tories but died at Galveston Bay on October 9, 1837, before his trial.
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