Edwin Scrymgeour was born in Dundee on 28th July 1866. He was educated at the West End Academy and later became actively involved in the Temperance Movement. In November 1901, he established the Scottish Prohibition Party. He employed the trade unionist, Bob Stewart, as the party's full-time organiser on a wage of 27 shillings a week. One of his tasks was to edit the newspaper, The Prohibitionist.