Colonel Walter Scott Canada United States

Biography of Colonel Walter Scott

Colonel Walter Scott was born in Montreal in 1861 to Scots-Canadian parents, Walter and Mary (Sharp) Scott. He was a businessman and philanthropist.

His family moved to Boston in 1864 and the young Walter began working in at grocery business. He quickly rose up the ranks and became manager of a fruit stall located near Harvard University at age ten. At fifteen Scott joined the general wholesalers Butler Brothers, where he was later appointed manager. He remained with Butler Brothers until his retirement in 1932 after 55 years of service.

His philanthropic work included sponsoring various scholarships and being a founding member of the New York Broad street hospital. In 1922 he founded the Colonel Walter Scott Prize at the University through the Vernacular Circle of the Burns Club of London. It is awarded for the best composition in prose or verse in Lowland Scots on a prescribed subject.


Colonel Walter Scott
Born 1861.
Died 1935.
GU Degree:
University Link: Benefactor
Occupation categories: businessmen; philanthropists
Record last updated: 4th Jul 2017

Country Associations

Canada Canada, Montreal

United States United States, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Benefactor