Samuel Parsons Scott: A Gentleman and a Scholar

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Samuel Parsons Scott work was monumental towards documenting Muslim Heritage

Samuel Parsons Scott work was monumental towards documenting Muslim Heritage and Taj Mahal is a symbol of the same Heritage

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Samuel Parsons Scott (8 July 1846 – 30 May 1929), known as S.P. Scott, was an American attorney, banker, and scholar.[1] Born in Hillsboro, Ohio, he earned his A.B. degree from Miami University of Ohio in 1868 and his A.M. degree from the same institution the following year. He was licensed to practice law in 1868 and was an attorney for several years in Leavenworth, Kansas and in San Francisco.[2] In 1875 Scott left the practice of law to return to Hillsboro and the family banking business.[3] In the following years he traveled in Europe, studied, and wrote.[4] He also was elected a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 1913.[5]


Scott published Through Spain in 1886, based on his experiences there.[6] He demonstrated his growing interest in that country and culture in his scholarly work The History of the Moorish Empire in Europe, which remains in print.[7] He followed that in 1910 with his translation of early medieval Spanish law The Visigothic Code.[8] Other pieces of Scott’s scholarship were not published until after his death in 1929. In 1931 the American Bar Association published his Las Siete Partidas, an English translation of the law code ordered by Alfonso X of Castile, which also is still in print.[9] and in 1932 his executors published Scott’s The Civil Law—the first English translation of the entire Corpus Juris Civilis.[10]


In his will, Scott left his 8,000 volume library and a large sum of money to endow a library at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. This is now the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University.[16]


  1. Jump up ^ “Gesundheit!: The Story of Scott Memorial Library,” available at
  2. Jump up ^ “Obituary,” 56 Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 418 (1930).
  3. Jump up ^ “Gesundheit!” supra note.1
  4. Jump up ^ “Obituary,” supra, note 2.
  5. Jump up ^ Id.
  6. Jump up ^ Samuel Parsons Scott, “Through Spain: a Narrative of Travel and Adventure in the Peninsula” (1886).
  7. Jump up ^ Samuel Parsons Scott, “History of the Moorish Empire in Europe” (1904), available at Reprinted in 1977 by the AMS Press and in 2010 (vol. 1) by General Books.
  8. Jump up ^ “The Visigothic Code (Forum Judicum)” (1910), available at
  9. Jump up ^ “Las Siete Partidas, translation and notes by Samuel Parsons Scott (1931). Reprinted with additional editorial matter by the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.
  10. Jump up ^ “The Civil Law” including the Twelve Tables, the Institutes of Gaius, the Rules of Ulpian, the Enactments of Justinian, and the Constitutions of Leo…” 17 vols. (1932), available at Reprinted in 1973 by the AMS Press.
  11. Jump up ^ See Timothy Kearley, Justice Fred Blume and the Translation of the Justinian Code (2nd ed. 2008) 3, 21.
  12. Jump up ^ W.W. Buckland, “Book Review,” 7 Tulane Law Review 627, 629 (1932-33).
  13. Jump up ^ Id. at 630.
  14. Jump up ^ Charles Donahue, Jr., “On Translating the Digest” 39 Stanford Law Review 1057, 1062 (1987)(Reviewing The Digest of Jusinian (Theodor Mommsen, Paul Krueger & Alan Watson eds 1985).
  15. Jump up ^ For Justice Blume’s translations see [1], and [2].
  16. Jump up ^ “Gesundheit!” supra note 1.

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3 replies

  1. As is the case with human affairs and politics, as Samuel Parsons Scott work was monumental towards documenting Muslim Heritage and the contributions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, the Christian apologists tried to discredit his work.

    But, thanks to internet and modern media, his name and work will live for ever.

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