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The Buttercup: The Remarkable Story of Andrew Ewing and the Buttercup Dairy Company [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Bill Scott
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Book Description

27 July 2011
The Buttercup tells the heartwarming story of poor farm boy, Andrew Ewing, who made his fortune by building an iconic grocery empire, before giving it all away in his final ambition to die a poor man. His amazing generosity, included the donation of 100,000 eggs a week to local hospitals and charities. During the depression years of the early 1930s, many a person would also find a small packet slipped into their pocket, containing half a pound of butter or some rashers of bacon The book also tells the inside story of the company, covering its rise and fall, its wonderful design and the personal memories and stories of former staff, much of it dating back to the 1920s and earlier. Illustrated with over ninety photographs, the book is beautifully written and designed, using premium quality paper to bring out the full quality of the images.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Leghorn Books Ltd; First edition (27 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956920608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956920607
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



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Tremendous piece of storytelling.--Paul Stelling - author

A cracking book, and story...entrepreneur who absolutely insists he wants to die poor? Gold dust.--William Gould

A fascinating tale which restores a lost piece of Scottish history, while also telling the story of the man who quietly gave away a fortune in his ultimate desire to die a poor man. --The Scots Magazine

HE CHANGED the face of Scotland's high streets and was one of the most successful entrepreneurs His life story is one of riches to rags... for Ewing died virtually penniless, having given away almost all he owned --The Scotsman

Andrew Ewing was as much a philanthropist as Carnegie. --Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

Bill Scott tells Andrew Ewing's heartwarming story and the eventual demise of the Buttercup Dairy. Well written and well worth a read. --Northumberland Gazette

The quality and attractiveness of this book is quite stunning --Bill McCondichie

About the Author

Bill Scott was born and brought up on the Buttercup Poultry Farm in the 1950s and knew Andrew Ewing when he was a boy. His grandparents worked for the Buttercup for thirty years and during his childhood he was regaled with tales of Mr Ewing and The Buttercup. Although Bill was very young at the time, he can still vividly recall his trips to the company's head office in a Buttercup van and his random encounters with Mr Ewing, who always used to give him half a crown whenever their paths crossed on the farm. Bill also remembers the amazing generosity of Andrew Ewing, who, because of his Christian principles, would not charge for eggs laid on a Sunday. Bill decided to write his book on the Buttercup when he discovered that the company and Andrew Ewing had been virtually forgotten by history. He started researching the book in 2008, but it was an uphill struggle, since there was so little publicly available information. However, with his own memories and records, and tremendous help from former employees and the Ewing family, he began to uncover the unique story of the company and ­the man who built it. Bill is now retired and lives in Northumberland

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Buttercup 11 Sep 2011
By Tom
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A truly wonderful story of a man who's generosity to people less fortunate than himself was incredible. Like the previous review I have no Scottish connection but it brought back very fond memories of my childhood in South Yorkshire with a similar range of shops like the Buttercup. The Maypole, Liptons and the Co-op were dominant in my area and the author took me back to a different time in shopping before the rise of the super markets. I would certainly recommend this book, to the older reader for pure nostalgia and the younger reader to perceive a very different way of working life in those days. A very well researched account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading 17 April 2012
By elmo
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as i was brought up in edinburgh,this book makes good reading.The story is
very accurate and the areas described are as i remember.For a man to have
done so much is inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read 25 Feb 2012
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The Buttercup is a superb read and a very touching story about one of Scotland's greatest philanthropists. It was also wonderful to see so many fantastic photographs of these shops and the people associated with the Buttercup, I had no idea so many existed!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I found it both fascinating and moving. Definitely recommend a read, I'm certain you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting life 24 Feb 2013
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A nice easy to read book on an interesting life that I would recommend to anyone interested in local history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buttercup Dairy 15 Dec 2012
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Bill Scott has put his heart and soul into writing this book. It has been my great pleasure to have spoken to Bill throughout his long and tireless research into Andrew Ewing and The Buttercup Dairy. Beautifully written with superb pictures.

A wonderful insight into a man whose generosity of spirit helped so many less fortunate people.

I would highly recommend this book.
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