This article is about the Australian historian. For the pseudonymous author of the book The People of the Secret, see Ernest Scott (pseudonym).
Sir Ernest Scott (21 June 1867 – 6 December 1939) was an Australian historian, professor of history at the University of Melbourne from 1913.
Scott (left) and William Harrison Moore photographed in the Quadrangle of the Old Law building, University of Melbourne, circa 1914-1918.
Scott was born in Northampton, England son of Hannah Scott, housekeeper; William Scott, civil engineer, was cited as his father when Ernest married. Ernest Scott was educated at St Katherine's Church of England School, Northampton and worked as a journalist on the London Globe. On 7 May 1892 Scott married Mabel Emily Besant, daughter of Rev. Frank and Annie Besant, the theosophist; they had one child, Muriel (1893–1924).