Robert Steele Scott was born in 1837 at Ardmeen, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. In 1858 he came to Victoria where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits for 10 years. After a trip to England he returned to Melbourne where he opened a business as an importer. He married Alice Florence Tulloch on 8 Oct 1878 in Launceston. About three years later they came to Launceston and established an importing business, handling principally hardware. Mr Scott, with Mr M Boland, took the contract for constructing the Launceston-Scottsdale railway. Robert was also a pastoralist at 'Dunedin', St Leonards, for many years.
Robert was made a JP in 1890 and was member of the Legislative Council for South Esk from 1899. He was a Benevolent Society supporter, was associated with the National Agricultural Society and director of various companies, including the National Bank of Tasmania, the Launceston Gas Company and the Queensland Insurance Company. He was also a prominent Freemason, being a member of Lodge of Hope for 42 years. He died on 28 July 1924 at his residence, 'Annsbrae', Launceston at the age of 86 and was buried at the Carr Villa Cemetery.