Bill Scott was born and brought up on the Clermiston Mains estate in Edinburgh the 1950s, which was also the home of the Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Ewing. His parents and grandparents worked for Andrew Ewing's Buttercup Dairy Company - a once famous chain of Scottish grocery shops, recognisable by its wonderful tiled décor.
During his childhood, Bill was regaled with tales of Mr Ewing and the Buttercup and can still vividly recall his trips to the company's head office in a Buttercup van, as well as his regular encounters with 'the boss', who would always give him half a crown whenever their paths crossed on the estate. Bill also remembers the amazing generosity of Andrew Ewing who, because of his Christian principles, would not charge for eggs laid on a Sunday and gave away a fortune in his ultimate desire to die a poor man.
As his life moved on, Bill progressed to a career in economics and finance, but he never forgot his idyllic upbringing at Clermiston Mains or the remarkable old man who had made such an impression on him.
Following his retirement, Bill's interest turned to his family history, which caused him to discover that very little was publicly known about Andrew Ewing or his once famous chain of Scottish grocery shops. This came as a great surprise, since the Buttercup was once such a major presence on Scottish high streets and Andrew Ewing's life was quite extraordinary. So with tremendous help from the Ewing family and former Buttercup employees, often over tea and cake in various living rooms, Bill began to uncover the remarkable story of the company and the man who built it. The result was his first book - The Buttercup: The Remarkable Story of Andrew Ewing and the Buttercup Dairy Company, which was published in 2011.