1893 text

Thomas Scott, M.P., was made Secretary of State to the Commonwealth on the 17th of this same January. He signed the death warrant of Charles I., for which he was executed at Charing Cross, October 16th, 1660. He gloried in his offence, and desired to have written on his tombstone, “Thomas Scott who adjudged to death the late king.”

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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SCOTT or SCOT, THOMAS (d.1660), regicide; educated at Westminster School and at Cambridge; M.P., Aylesbury, 1645; joined army and signed covenant, 1647: signed Charles I's death-warrant, 1649; appointed to manage home and foreign intelligence for the state 1649; M.P. for Wycombe in Protector's first parliament, and was excluded from house for refusing to acknowledge Protector; M.P., Aylesbury, 1656,and was again excluded till 1658; M.P., Wycombe (in Richard Cromwell's parliament); member of council of state, 1659; received charge of intelligence department, 1660, and, later, was secretary of state; supported Monck; fled to Flanders, but surrendered to Charles II's resident at Brussels; brought to England and executed.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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