Were you an RHS Scout?

From Alastair Allanach and Gordon Burt

Were you in the RHS Scout Troop? If you’d like to share some memories, send in a photo or get back in touch with fellow scouts, this is the page to come to.

Peebles 1961

RHS (12th Portobello) Scouts 1961 – we are indebted to Eric Sprigg for this and the image below.

Left to Right – Burt, Saunders, Allanach, Thomson, McConnachie Jnr, a.n.other, Pendreigh, Elvin, Anderson, McConachie Snr, Symon

Dear Alastair,

Thanks for the photos. The first is I think an expedition to the flat-topped peak south of Peebles via Black Dwarf’s cottage. The second is I think at Bonally. It was in the Pentland Hills and we camped in a field in a farm next some old ‘well’. I recall a slight fall of snow in the evening and you telling me you had been reading John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”.

In the morning we walked along the road, past a ploughed field with a flock of lapwings … and into West Linton to catch the bus home.

Great memories!

best wishes,


Walter Thomson, Gordon Burt, Rob Lawrie and Alan Grosset

A photograph from 1947 of the scout troop with Miss Hamilton, Mr Ball (rector of the Royal High School, and Mrs McGregor (née Henderson) can be viewed on the Living Memory website.

One comment:

  1. I was a Sea Scout when Robert Lawrie was Leader in the early 70s. Summer Camps at Lochs Tay, Tummel and Ard. Great memories except for canoeing capsize drill. Sailing “Twelfth Knight” – the indestructible sailing boat from Fisherrow harbour. It was a long trek from where we lived in Craigmount.
    The troop meetings were in the old school gym hall, ( tiny compared to Barnton!) with the added bonus of the pool. Played wide games on Calton hill. Happy memories but no photos. 🙂

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