Francis George Scott

Francis George Scott was born on the 25th of January 1880 and died on the 6th of November 1958. Scott was a Scottish composer. He was the son of a supplier of mill-engineering parts. Educated in Hawick and the Universities of Edinburgh and Durham he later went on to become a lecturer in Music at Jordanhill Teacher Training College in  Glasgow, in 1925, a  post he remained in for over twenty-five years. He wrote more than three hundred songs, including many settings of Robert Burns’s poems. Towards the end of his life in 1957, he was given an honorary degree by Glasgow University. There is a portrait of Scott in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. He wrote the music for the popular Hawick song “Oor Bonnie Border Toon”.

By Mhairi Rowntree