Scott Brothers

Thank you to Brian Scott for writing to tell me that Edinburgh professional photographers, the Scott Brothers, were John and Bill Scott.

Brian wrote:

1946 Partnership

"John (my uncle) and Bill (my father) formed Scott Brothers circa 1946, having worked separately with newspapers before the war."

Royal Visits and Football

"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."

Films and STV

"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."

Freelance Work

"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 years."


"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


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