Robert (Powell) Baden-Powell OM GCMG
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Robert Stephenson Smyth (Powell) Baden-Powell OM GCMG (1857 - 1941)

Lt-Gen Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth "Stephe, Robin, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Lord Baden-Powell, B-P" Baden-Powell OM GCMG formerly Powell
Born in 6 Stanhope Street, Paddington, London, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 30 Oct 1912 in Parkstone, Dorset, England, United Kingdommap
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Died at age 83 in Nyeri, Central Kenya, Kenyamap
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Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM GCMG GCVO GBE KCB DL (/ˈbeɪdən ˈpoʊ.əl/ Baden as in maiden; Powell as in Noel) (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also known as B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.


Parents' Marriage
St. Luke's Chelsea | 10 Mar 1846
Chelsea, London, Middlesex, England UK [1]

On 10 March 1846, at St Luke's Church, Chelsea, the Rev. Powell married Henrietta Grace Smyth (3 September 1824 – 13 October 1914), eldest daughter of Admiral William Henry Smyth and 28 years his junior. Quickly they had Warington (early 1847), George (late 1847), Augustus (1849) and Francis (1850). After three further children who died when very young, they had Stephe (pronounced 'Stevie'), Agnes (1858) and Baden (1860). The three youngest children and the often ill Augustus were close friends. Reverend Powell died when Stephe was three, and as tribute to his father and to set her own children apart from their half-siblings and cousins, the mother changed the family name to Baden-Powell. Subsequently, Stephe was raised by his mother, a strong woman who was determined that her children would succeed.

Baden-Powell was born as Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell, familiarly called Stephe (pronounced "Stevie"), at 6 Stanhope Street (now 11 Stanhope Terrace), Paddington in London, on 22 February 1857. [2] [3] He was named after his godfather, Robert Stephenson, the railway and civil engineer; his third name was his mother's maiden name. His father, the Rev. Baden Powell, a Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, already had four teenage children from the second of his two previous marriages.

In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking.

He wrote Scouting for Boys, published in 1908.

After his marriage on 30 October 1912 to Olave St Clair Soames, Baden-Powell and his wife actively gave guidance to the Scouting and Girl Guiding Movements.

Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941.

Inscription: "Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) Chief Scout of the World lived here"


For complete bibliography, please see freespace page

  • 1884: Reconnaissance and Scouting
  • 1885: Cavalry Instruction
  • 1889: Pigsticking or Hoghunting
  • 1896: The Downfall of Prempeh
  • 1897: The Matabele Campaign
  • 1899: Aids to Scouting for N.-C.Os and Men
  • 1900: Sport in War
  • 1901: Notes and Instructions for the South African Constabulary
  • 1907: Sketches in Mafeking and East Africa
  • 1908: Scouting for Boys
  • 1909: The Scout Library No.4 Scouting Games
  • 1909: Yarns for Boy Scouts
  • 1910: British Discipline, Essay 32 of Essays on Duty and Discipline
  • 1912: The Handbook for the Girl Guides or How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire (co-authored with Agnes Baden-Powell)
  • 1914: Quick Training for War


  1. Source: #S-1527729717 Page: London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Luke, Chelsea, Register of marriages, P74/LUK, Item 212 APID: 1,1623::6294186
  2. Birth Registration: "England & Wales General Register Office"
    GRO Online Indexes - Birth (accessed 31 January 2023)
    Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth (Mother's maiden name: Smyth).
    GRO Reference: 1857 Apr-May-Jun in Kensington Volume 01A Page 26.
  3. The (M, #8753)
  • Source: S-1527729717 Repository: #R-1674764337 Title: London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 Author: Publication: Operations, Inc. APID: 1,1623::0 Repository: R-1674764337 Name:
  • Source: S-1530370364 Repository: #R-1674764337 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text: = Contact via login
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1899: Aids to Scouting for N.-C.Os and Men : pocket sized, with a red cover. then : (in 1907) published in 1908: Scouting for Boys : also known as 1909: Yarns for Boy Scouts (no chapters)

posted by John Andrewartha
Baden-Powell-18 and Baden-Powell-1 represent the same person because: it is obvious that the ARE they same person albeit they both have the same error regarding the Last Name at Birth. This should be POWELL Not BADEN-POWELL (Baden-Powell was born as Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell - source,_1st_Baron_Baden-Powell#Personal_life)
posted by Bill (Norton) N
Last Name at Birth: Should be Powell
posted by Bill (Norton) N
Baden-Powell-14 and Baden-Powell-1 appear to represent the same person because: I created this new profile by mistake, because the name search for Robert Baden-Powell came up empty. Please merge, thanks.
posted by Bob Fields,_1st_Baron_Baden-Powell Founder of the Boy Scouts. Could you add some biographical/genealogical information, sources, a picture, and add Notables template and appropriate categories please? Better yet, make the profile public (since he has no living children and is a famous person) so any member can enhance this profile. Thanks so much.
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posted by Bob Fields

you can add this Category: Order of St Michael and St George

posted by Philip Smith

Rejected matches › Robert Joseph Powell (1877-1941)