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Garth Morrison

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Sir William Garth Morrison, KT, CBE, DL (born 8 April 1943 in Edinburgh) was the Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories from 1988 to 1996.[1] He also spent twelve years in the Royal Navy.

Background

Education and Military service

Morrison attended Pangbourne College where he was Chief Cadet (i.e. head boy) and Captain of the English Schools Rugby Football Union (15 group). He continued his education at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth where he was awarded the Queen's Telescope and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. Garth spent twelve years in the Royal Navy, where he served as an Engineer Officer, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant at which time he took over the running the 560-acre (2.3 km2) family farm in West Fenton, Scotland.

Scouting Service

After retiring from the Royal Navy Morrison subsequently began a number of Scouting appointments. He was named Area Commissioner for East Lothian the same year and was then appointed Chief Commissioner for Scotland in 1981. During this time he attended the 15th World Scout Jamboree in Canada. In 1982 he was awarded Scouting's Silver Wolf Award.

After acting as Deputy Leader of the United Kingdom contingent at the Australian World Scout Jamboree in 1987, he was appointed Chief Scout the following year, a position he held for eight years.

Farming

Currently Garth Morrison owns and runs a farm situated in West Fenton, East Lothian. It provides grains for brewers and distillers in Scotland.

Other Achievements

Awards

On 30 November 2007 Morrison was appointed to the Order of the Thistle by Queen Elizabeth II.

References

  1. "Meet the Chiefs". The Scout Information Centre. October 2004. http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs295307.pdf. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple
Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian
2001–present
Incumbent
The Scout Association
Preceded by
Michael J. H. Walsh
Chief Scout of the United Kingdom
and Overseas Territories

1988–1996
Succeeded by
George Purdy
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Sir Eric Anderson
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
Order of precedence in Scotland
Preceded by
Sir Eric Anderson
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
Order of precedence in Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Eric Anderson
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Gentlemen
as a Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
James Ramsden
as a Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council