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Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Baron, 1857-1941



  • Existence: 1857 - 1941

Biographical History

Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) founded the Boy Scouts Movement.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell was born on February 22, 1857 in Paddington, England. He joined the British Army in 1876 and served in India, Afghanistan, and South Africa. His valour in fighting against the Boers in South Africa made him a national hero. He was later promoted to Lieutenant General and made Inspector General of Cavalry, and was awarded the title of Lord of Gilwell.

Recognizing the value of boys he founded the Boy Scouts Movement in 1907. The movement quickly spread from England throughout the world.

On October 30, 1912 he married Olave Soames.

Upon retirement he moved to Kenya in 1938. He resided there until his death on January 8, 1941.

His The Matabele campaign, 1896 ... 1897. found: nuc87-96544: His Manual de lobatos, 1977 (hdg. on OCl rept.: Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Baron, 1857-1941; usage: Lord Baden-Powell de Gilwell)

Scouting for boys, 2004: t.p. (Robert Baden-Powell)

Oxford dictionary of national biography online, 1 July 2013: Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (first Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell; born 22 February 1857, London; died 8 January 1941, Nyeri, Kenya; army officer and founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides)

Findagrave, via WWWW, February 10, 2015 (b. Feb. 22, 1857 in Paddington, England; joined British army in 1876; served in India, Afghanistan and South Africa in the military; founded Boy Scouts Movement in 1907; m. Olave Soames on Oct. 30, 1912; moved to Kenya in 1938; d. Jan. 8, 1941)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Gilwell collection

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232558566]
Identifier: MSS 8680
Scope and Contents Collection contains materials relating to the lives of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Gilwell, and his wife Olave, as well as on The Scout Association in 1910. Materials are scans or digital reproductions of photographs, business and personal correspondence even with European royalty and nobility, books and published articles, reports or manuals, notes, and other ephemera and information relating to the Baden-Powell family, the development of the scouting movement, and...
Dates: approximately 1797-2015