Titled Groups and Patrols

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Six Troops/ Groups have been recorded as adopting a supporter’s name:

  • Mayor of Cambridge’s Own             6th Higher Grade School 1912 Annual report

This was most likely George Stace who was involved in early Scouting.  He was Mayor for two terms 1904 – 5 and 1910 – 11 and named in May ’11 Rally Programme and later as Alderman (see Rally 1912).

  • Duke of Devonshire’s Own               3rd St Catharine’s  College Choir 1912

The 3rd took this title after a summer camp at Chatsworth.  Although disbanded and later reformed as the 20th they retained the title.  The 8th Duke was Chancellor of University of Cambridge and the 9th Chief Scout of Canada. 

  • Notts’ Own                                         13th St Phillip

‘I know that the Nott brothers who were running the 13th troop were in camp at Clayhithe when they were called up as officers. Both were killed in action, they left a legacy of £200 to the troop, a large sum in those days. About 1916 the troop took the title “The Notts’ Own”; at this time many troops had similar titles but I think the 13th is the only one to still retain this after 60 years’.                            Ken North 70 years

  • Colonel Howard Marsh’s Own 1st Cambridge District (1st Cherry Hinton) pre 1912         

F. Howard Marsh Hon. Col. of RAMC (TF) (died 24 June 1915) was Master of Downing 1907-15, Prof of Surgery and District Scout Commissioner.  He was a ‘leading spirit in the local society for Physical Education and Improvement.’  Mrs H Marsh was patron of 1st Cambridge Sea Scouts                                              War list of University of Cambridge Downing College   

  • Mrs. Huddleston’s Own                    2nd Cambridge District (Sawston) c. 1920

President of the troop D L Huddleston, Esq J P

  • Viscountess/ Viscount Clifden’s Own          12th     

The name changes between Viscountess and Viscount Clifden’s Own.  The 12th was named in the 1912 report (published 1913) and the Title Viscountess of Clifden’s Own recorded on the 1913 registration and in the 2nd Annual report.  It became the Viscount Clifden’s Own in September 1939.  Earlier recording of Viscount are probably errors or abbreviations.

6th Viscount Clifden                             Vice President Cambridge District Scout Association in 1921-22 and served as Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire from 1906 to 1915.

Lord Gerald Agar –Robartes               also Vice President (later 7th Viscount Clifden)

  • Fred Feary

Following the death of Fred Feary in 1979 it was proposed that the group take the title Fred Feary’s Own be put to District.  Fred had been associated with the 23rd on a temporary basis since 1919. This did not carry through.


  • Queens’ Own (Patrols)

May 1910  – choir boys were formed into two patrols and attached to the 1st Cambridge Troop .  The choir patrols became known as the “Queens’ Own” and later became the 9th Cambridge.

Other patrols that have been attached to Troops initially retained a separate identity and name.  The 2nd Newnham did so when it joined the 1st Cambridge District (Cherry Hinton) in c 1910. There is no record of many patrols maintaining a separate name for long.  The 2nd and 9th are the only recorded Troops to have emerged from such an arrangement.

District Minutes 1935             10th amalgamated into 36th ‘The committee could not recommend that dual registration to preserve the 10th but might suggest the GSM consider the formation of Christ College patrols within the Group.’

Patrols attending camp as guests of other troops are often identified as eg Lolworth Patrol. In this context without other proof they are assumed to be purely temporary affiliations.

JWR Archivist Jan 2019