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Caroline Scott Best

(b. 1717, Scott's Hall, Smeeth, Kent, England – d. 29 Apr 1782, Boughton Malherbe, Maidstone, Kent )

Gender: F

Caroline Scott (1717-1782) came from an influential Kent family, being the daughter of George Scott of Scott’s Hall near Ashford. She married Thomas Best (c1713-95) of Chilston Park, Kent. He inherited a large fortune from his grandfather’s brewery business in Chatham, and was MP for Canterbury from 1741-1754 and again from 1761-1768 (when he was succeeded by Matthew Robinson Morris). He was Lieutenant-Governor of Dover Castle and Deputy Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1762 until his death. They had no children.

Also known as:

  • Caroline Best (née  Scott)


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