Scott was educated at Street Andrew"s University and Edinburgh University, where he studied medicine.
John Scott junior"s wife was Agnes Thomson who died in July 1892. He arrived in New South Wales in 1843. Foreign a time he was a squatter in Goulburn, New South Wales.
Between 1851 and 1852 he was in the United Kingdom.
He went to Queensland in 1855. He stocked Palm-Tree Creek, Dawson which he sold in 1865 but acquired further stations.
Scott was a director of City Mutual Life Assurance Society and vice president of The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland. Scott was a trustee of Brisbane Grammar School from 1874 to 1888 and Honorary Treasurer from 1877 to 1886.
He was Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Assembly, 15 November 1871 to 1 September 1873 and 21 January 1879 to 26 July 1883.
Scott died at Lucerne, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland in 1898 and was buried in Toowong Cemetery. Ada Frances (1855–1905), the wife of George Neville Griffiths M.L.A. Griffiths and Ada Frances were the grandparents of William Charles Wentworth Member of Parliament (1907-2003)
Doctor Eric Scott (b 1859)
Florence (b 1860)
Scott was both a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and the Queensland Legislative Council in a political career lasting from 1868 till 1890.