After serving his articles in Bath, Baillie Scott began his career in Douglas, Isle of Man. There he came into contact with Archibald Knox and collaborated with him on the design of stained glass and metalwork. He exhibited furniture, metalwork and wallpaper at the 1896 Arts and Crafts Exhibition, the year in which he deigned the ‘Manxman’ piano case. The commission from the Grand Duke of Hesse to decorate rooms in the palace at Darmstadt came in 1898. In 1901 he gained the highest award for his entry in Inmen-Dekoration competition for the ‘House for and Art Lover’. He had moved to Bedford in 1901, and from there he conducted a successful practice in suburban homes, which gained greatly from his partnership with A. Edgar Beresford.