He was born in Goudhurst, Kent, and was educated at Bethany School, where his father was headmaster. He went up to the University of Cambridge in 1899, where he was admitted to St John's College, and became President of the Nonconformist Union. After graduating, he became a Fellow of St John's in 1906, followed by a succession of teaching appointments within the university. He was Master of St John's 1933–1952 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1939–1941.
- The Cambridge History of the British Empire. General editor.
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Robert Forsyth Scott
| Master of St John's College, Cambridge