IN most ways, Gavin Morrison is a typical Paisley lad. As common Scottish weather rained down on his town’s historic abbey, he grimaced over tea as he admitted he was out too late the night before and shuddered when the impending game of fives was mentioned.

But there is one aspect of his life which is not-so-typical for a Buddie; serving the rich and famous. 

The former Gleniffer High pupil has come to lead an extraordinary life, which has included having Prince Charles as a dinner guest.

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For the last year, he has worked as part of the Simeon Rosset Butler Academy and swapped building sites around Renfrewshire for castles in the Highlands.

Yet, the drastic change in his surroundings only came about after a chance meeting between his dad, Kenny, and Simeon in a Paisley café.

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The 28-year-old said: “One of Simeon’s kids was running about the café and bumped into my dad’s table. After Simeon ran over to apologise, they got talking and the school came up. My dad mentioned me. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing, but I was really not enjoying it.

“Simeon said to give him a call if I ever fancied being a butler. I had a chat with him and it sounded pretty good. The week after that, I started my training.”

Since the meeting, Gavin has gone on to work for a host of guests. From former mixed martial arts champion Frank Mir, to large groups of international tourists, rarely are two days the same for him.

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But, the day with the Prince of Wales still stands out.

“They said to me on the morning Prince Charles was coming up to where we were near Lossiemouth. I couldn’t believe it,” he recalled.

“It was really strange. When I was driving along this river, you go onto a farm road and we were surrounded by about three Range Rovers with bodyguards.

“I was told not to take pictures. But, I was able to get a few sneaky snaps when he wasn’t looking. 

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“It was odd because he didn’t want you to be serving him full on. He liked doing things himself. I didn’t expect him to be like that.”

While many find the idea of service antiquated, Gavin is convinced it is the best job he has ever had. 

He added: “Quite often I step back and think this is pretty good.”