Scott Wilson

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Scott Wilson, Gunmaker, who died on the 14th February 2023. A great friend and highly skilled gunsmith, Scott had been battling hard against a number of health issues to which he finally succumbed.

Scott began learning about guns from the tender age of 8 from his father, the highly regarded self-taught gunsmith John Wilson, a gunmaker in his own right (whilst also undertaking regular work for some of the best British gunmakers in London). At the age of 16, Scott started his apprenticeship proper under his father’s tutelage and would go on to spend over thirty years in the trade, undertaking work in all aspects of gunsmithing for private clients, and, like his father, for some of the top London makers.

He was a keen motorcrosser, enjoying much success in his youth and was headed to riding professionally, a path from which he ultimately turned aside to concentrate on his gunsmithing career instead.

His cheerful good-natured presence, his vast span of knowledge and expertise which he was always readily willing to share will be sorely missed.

His legacy will continue in the hands of his long term partner and apprentice, Helen Wesson and her son Tim who have been lucky to play a significant role in both his personal and professional life.

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Scott’s family, friends and HOLTS colleagues met on Snettisham marshes to propel his ashes that had been loaded into cartridges, two 12-bore boxlock ejectors made by his late father, John Wilson, were used.