Agnes Irvine Scott, Agnes Scott College, Flat Agnes”, kith/kin: Happy birthday to my great-great-great-grandmother, Agnes Irvine Scott, born this day 1799 in Ireland to an impoverished family. And this is “Flat Agnes” a fun alumni gimmick found in their Fall ’13 Alumni Magazine … She travels the world over. Quite a beauty, don’t you think?
The story of Agnes Irvine Scott and the college that bears her name is one of faith, courage and independence. The college’s late-19th century beginnings, rooted in the generosity, faith and progressive thinking of a small group of Presbyterians, very much reflect the values and ideals of Agnes Irvine, mother of one of the college’s original founders. Irvine was born to an impoverished family in 1799.
Agnes departed her homeland in 1816 at 17 with her twice-widowed mother, leaving behind her home in Newry. Buoyed by the works of Burns, Shakespeare and the Bible, and hoping for a better life with family members, she journeyed to Alexandria, Pennsylvania. There she married John Scott, a widower with five children. Together they had seven more children.
Agnes Irvine Scott lived long enough to see her family divided by the Civil War. One son, John Scott, became a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Another, George Washington Scott, became a successful businessman in Florida and Georgia. He, along with the Rev. Frank Henry Gaines and a group of Presbyterian leaders, founded an institution of higher learning for women in Decatur, Georgia, in 1889.
And a little bit more about Agnes and her local descendants: Full text of “The Story of Agnes Irvine Scott, 1799-1877: A Family Memoir”, Betty NOBLE Obituary: View Betty NOBLE’s Obituary by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.