Person NameCorbett; Sir; Thomas Godgrey Polson (1895-1977); 2nd Baron Rowallan, Chief Scout, Governor of Tasmania
ForenamesThomas Godgrey Polson
Epithet2nd Baron Rowallan, Chief Scout, Governor of Tasmania
ActivityThomas Godfrey Polson Corbett Rowallan, MC KBE KT, 2nd Baron Rowallan (1895-1977), Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth (1945-1959) and Governor of Tasmania (1959-1963), was born in Chelsea. He was educated at Eton and joined the Ayrshire Yeomanry at eighteen. His mother Alice was the daughter of John Polson, director of Brown & Polson, his father, who was a businessman, landowner and a Liberal MP, was created Lord Rowallan in 1911. During the First World War he transfered to the Grenadier Guards but was invalided out. He was awarded the MC. In 1918 Corbett married Gwyn Mervyn, daughter of Joseph Grimmond MP, and took over the dairy farm in Ayrshire and the family firm of Brown & Polson, becoming chairman . Corbett was president of the Ayrshire Herd Book and of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society and he campaigned for the eradication of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. He inherited the title in 1933.Lord Rowallan devoted a great deal of time to the Boy Scouts, juvenile employment and the Territorial Army. In 1939 he raised a new battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and took them to France under his command, but his previous leg wound restricted his service to training duties, until his retiral from service in 1944 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth in 1945-1959, introducing Air Scouts and replacing Rovers by Senior Scouts. Lord Rowallan was made Governor of Tasmania, 1959-1963; KBE, 1951; KT, 1957 and was awarded honorary degrees from McGill, 1948, Glasgow, 1952, and Birmingham, 1957.
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