McLaren and MacLaren
Sergio Laurenti (sergio@ASORA.CCI.ORG.AR)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 10:04:20 -0600
Win Quakenbush wrote:
>Hello, the list. Our next Eagle candidate has indicated that he
>will be wearing a kilt of his family plaid. Since this is his
>ceremony, I would like to include something that ties this to the
>Eagle theme. Do any of you have access to an Eagle ceremony that
makes this connection?
And then Ken Tilley wrote:
>It's a shame for a good Scot to admit it, but I can't think of a real
>link. However, you could note that one of B-P's closest friends and
>supporters during the early days was W. D. ("The Boy") McLaren,
>another good Scot. When B-P was contemplating the adult training
>course that became Wood Badge, McLaren entered Scouting history by
>donating a parcel of land called Gilwell Park, where the first Wood
>Badge course was held. We still commemorate that gift today by
>displaying a piece of the McLaren clan tartan on the Wood
Just to correct a minor point here:
In fact B-P's life-long friend was Kenneth ("The Boy")
McLaren, was -as B-P himself- an Army officer and rather poor
all through his life. Kenneth McLaren was an enthusiast supporter of
Scouting in the earlier days and was present at Brownsea Islanda Camp.
The generous donor of the estate that became Gilwell Park was another
man: a Scottish rubber magnate, Mr. W F de Bois MacLaren, who
actually offered to buy the estate as a camping ground for the London
East End boys and as a training school for Scouters.
In some ways we shall be grateful to both.
De/From: Sergio Laurenti
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