Scotland County

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Scotland County is named for the country of Scotland in the British Isles.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Davis County, Iowa and Van Buren County, Iowa

E – Clark County

S – Knox County

W – Schuyler County


Created:  January 29, 1841                    Map of Missouri highlighting Scotland County

County Seat:

Memphis  1841 – present


County Courthouse –  Memphis  


Location:  117 South Market Street / Madison Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Beaux Arts and Classical

Architect:  W Chamberlain Company, of Birmingham, Alabama

Contractor:  Falls City Construction of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces Built in 1907, the building is a two story gray colored stone veneered and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Memphis. The ends of the building extend in a semi-circle. The south front has two large white colored columns with a recessed entrance between the columns. A wide white colored band runs above the second story windows to a projecting cornice with a further band along the roof line. On the center of the building is a large white colored dome with clock, windows and copper roof which rises 80 feet above the ground. The building houses the County Circuit Court.


See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.


See:  The 1st Judicial District covers Clark CountyScotland County and Schuyler County.


History:  The county was created in 1841 and the first county meeting was held at Millport and then Sand Hill. Memphis was selected as the county seat in 1843. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Charles Mety and built by William Staples of Monticelo in 1844 and 1845 at a cost of $1,500. The building was torn down in 1857. The second courthouse was a two story brick and stone designed and built by Solomon Jenkins in 1856 at a cost of $19,500. The building was razed in 1907. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908 at a cost of $50,000.




County Courthouse – Memphis






















Photos taken 2005 and 2008