Alexander John Scott was born on 26 Jan 1862 at Campbell Town, the second son of Robert Scott and his wife Catherine Garner (Goerner) who were married on 30 Sep 1859. Alexander's grandfather was John Scott, marine artist of South Shields, England. The family moved to Launceston where at least five more children were born.
On 30 Apr 1889 Alexander married Minnie Maud Padfield, the daughter of Frederick A Padfield of Formby (West Devonport), at St Paul's Church, Torquay (East Devonport). Their three children were born in Launceston: Alexander, 10 Feb 1890; Annie, 21 Feb 1892; and Harold, 29 Nov 1896. Alexander sang bass in the Tasmanian Exhibition Choir in 1891-92. He was an advertising clerk at the Daily Telegraph. By 1903 the family had moved to Zeehan where Alexander was working as a journalist. He was secretary to the Druids Musical and Elocutionary Competitions in Aug 1906. He won the baritone solo and the gents' sacred solo. In Apr 1907 he won the men's Tasmanian championship solo at the Easter Musical, Elocutionary and Literary Competitions held in the Albert Hall, Launceston. Alexander, formerly a commission agent, died at Zeehan on 25 Jul 1948.