"John (my uncle) and Bill (my father)
formed Scott Brothers circa 1946, having worked separately with
newspapers before the war."
"Their premises were at 85 Hanover
Street, and they remained together until about 1957, during which
time they covered everything from Royal visits to Edinburgh to
football at Tynecastle and Easter Road."
I can recall my father saying that,
when he took pictures of the young Queen Elizabeth at St Giles circa
1953/54, the photographer next to him was one Tony Armstrong Jones
who later married Princess Margaret."
"Bill duly gravitated towards film
work, joining Templar Studios in Glasgow. Then, in 1958, he moved to
the fledging STV with whom he became chief film cameraman engaged in
all sorts of assignments (home and abroad) from sport to
documentaries up until his retirement in 1976.
It was in the documentary category
that he worked with Sean Connery in the making of an STV film
entitled 'The Bowler and the Bunnet' about Fairfield's shipyard on
the Clyde. It got another airing at the Glasgow Film Theatre just a
couple of years back."
"John, meanwhile, continued his
freelance work in Edinburgh (still under the banner of Scott
Brothers, I think), moving to another office in Hanover Street
before eventually working from home in Stenhouse as he wound down
the operation in the early-to-mid-1970s.
He was also an office bearer in the
Edinburgh branch of the National Union of Journalists for many
"I can't be quite sure now exactly when John
died. Maybe it was 1979. Bill died in 1983, aged 72.
While neither could have conceived of
a medium called the Internet, I'm certain they would be delighted to
think one or two of their photographs are preserved for posterity on
the EdinPhoto web site."
Brian Scott, Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland:
September 20, 2013