Behind the pictures
    As is so often the case we have not been able to find much about Scotty and his family. The only known descendent is or was Ian, the boy, about 10, with the wheelbarrow, Scotty and Dorothy's son. 
    If Ian survives we have no trace of him or his descendants. 
    Scotty's father was in the diplomatic service and appears to have taken a dim view of painting, and the RFC, so links to the Turnbull family are weak.

    The Turnbull family didn't have a lot of money, most of what there was came from the hats that Dorothy designed for Bon Marché, so Ian was partly raised with my father and his two brothers between the wars by Ella and Ted Hewlett, (my paternal grandparents) Apparently Ella, a friend of Dorothy, already having three boys considered a fourth not much of a burden.

    After the second world war my father's aunt (my great aunt Edie) recommended him to Elizabeth as a farm manager. 
    Elizabeth Wilkinson owned Low Hill Farm which she had bought after retirement from the board of Selfridges. Selfridges had been part of the Lewis' group of businesses which also included Bon Marché where Elizabeth had been general manager and Dorothy made and sold hat designs.

    In the end it becomes apparent that for me, Elizabeth MacAlpine, born Elizabeth Wilkinson, was the pivot around which it all turns. 
    Having lost her first husband in World War 1 she had to go to work. Teaching maths at Manchester Grammar school Elizabeth found that she couldn't support herself, her mother and an invalid brother. So she started behind the counter at Bon Marché and started climbing the promotion ladder.
     She earned the money to buy the farm at a time when 'ladies' generally didn't work. Climbed from shop-girl to general manager and Sefridges board member. Facilitated my parents meeting and eventually willed those pictures that Scotty had given her, on to us
    She even managed to teach me maths. Probably the hardest task of all.

    Ted Hewlett was the brother of Maurice Hewlett, the author and consequently brother in law to  Hilda Hewlett aircraft manufacturer and the first British female Pilot. As far as we know Hilda never met Scott, she was 36 years older, although it is conceivable he at least saw one of the aircraft her factory made for the first world war. 

    We are hoping that the Museum of Army Flying will be able to mount an exhibition of early aiviatrixes (aviatrices?) soon, their website will have the details.
Jim H.
Bon Marché. Liverpool

Scotty and Elizabeth 1967