Rowallan Collection


Rowallan Collection


A selection of 18 items, chiefly relating to the Scout movement, which formerly belonged to Thomas Godfrey Polson Corbett, second Baron Rowallan (1895-1977), KBE KT, Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth and Empire from 1945 to 1959 and governor of Tasmania from 1959-1963. Corbett was the son of a wealthy Liberal Unionist politician and property developer. He was brought up in London and on his family’s Scottish estate. After distinguished service in the First World War he became a successful breeder of pedigree dairy cattle in Ayrshire. During the Second World War he was a member of the British Expeditionary Force in 1939-1940 and was later in command of the training of junior officers in the Scottish Highlands. His wartime experience led to his senior role in the Scout movement. The items in the collection date from around 1920 to 1950, and include some international Scout Jamboree Souvenir Programmes and a history of Gilwell House and Park.


The books have been catalogued individually and have the shelfmark 'Row.'.


The items were purchased in 1991 as part of a collection of manuscripts relating to Rowallan acquired by the Library.

Related collections

The manuscripts are held at Acc. 10323. A collection of personal papers was also presented to the Library in 1976 by Baron Rowallan (Acc.6688).