Walter William Scott was born in Launceston on 3 Jan 1864 to the Hon. John Scott JP, MLC (1828-1890) and his wife Elizabeth Griffiths (1830-1918) who married in 1854. Walter was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School and at the Eaglesfield School, Sydney. After his father's death in Jun 1890, Walter became a partner in the firm of Scott and Griffiths, well-known brewers in Launceston. He took a keen interest in music and learnt to play the violin under Professor Kowarzik. He was the leader of the Philharmonic Society, and played classical music at the Musical Union's popular concerts. He was on the inaugural committee of the Orpheus Orchestral Society in 1892. He also gave his services on many occasions for charitable entertainment in Launceston.
Walter was married to 21-year-old Cherry Pennefather on 12 May 1890 by the Rev. William Law. They do not appear to have had any children. He died on 24 Aug 1900 at St John Street, Launceston. In her book A Fortune May be Made, Jai Paterson states that '...he bequeathed a pointedly small allowance to his wife...with his violin and the balance of his estate going to another lady!'
Two of Walter's sisters, Edith and Blanche Scott, are also pictured in the Launceston Family Album.