Alfred Scott-Gatty

Alfred Scott-Gatty

Alfred Scott-Gatty

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Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty, KCVO, KStJ, FSA (26 April 1847-18 December 1918) was a long serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London and a successful composer.

Personal life

Alfred Scott-Gatty was born in Ecclesfield, now part of Sheffield, South Yorkshire with the given name of Alfred Gatty. He was the son of Alfred Gatty of Bellerby, Yorkshire who was serving as Vicar of Ecclesfield and his wife Margaret. Scott-Gatty was educated at Marlborough and Christ's College, Cambridge. He assumed the name of Scott-Gatty in 1892, Scott being his mother's maiden name.

Heraldic career

Scott-Gatty began his heraldic career with his appointment as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms In Ordinary in 1880. He held that post for six years until his promotion to the office of York Herald of Arms in Ordinary. Scott-Gatty was appointed Garter Principal King of Arms in 1904 and held that office until his death in 1918. It was under Scott-Gatty's control that the College of Arms reinstituted the process of granting badges to armigers.

Composing career

As a composer he was doubtless an amateur but his work was popular and highly regarded in its day. The works that he produced were largely for voices and aimed primarily at amateur performers. It included two modest operettas, Sandford and Merton's Christmas Party (1880) andNot At Home (1886). It also included three musical plays...
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