Our History

Kilmallie Scout Group has a long and proud history. We can trace our origins back to Robert Baden Powel himself! In 1911 he was on a tour when he stopped off at Fort William. There was already a Scout Troop meeting in town, but Baden Powel inspired a local dignitary- Major Gooch to start another troop for Banavie and Corpach. Assisted by Huge Cameron, a porter at the old station, we were off! The original patrols were called the Wolved and the Kangaroos. Sadly, Major Gooch was killed in the First World War. He is commemorated at the Banavie Memorial where we traditionally lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday.

We’ve had many names and designations over the year. Originally we were called Banavie and Corpach Scouts before changing our name to Kilmallie sometime after the First World War. The 2nd Lochaber is our current designation, but we’ve also been known as the 2nd, then 33rd Inverness-shire too.

We have had several homes over the years too. Our current hall has been our home since 1977. It was built all the way back in 1904(!!) and was a United Free Church before becoming the Kilmallie Church of Scotland hall in 1931. When the congregation built a new hall our building became surplus to requirement and was used during the Second World War by Navy personnel. Before we moved into our current home, we had a hall in Banavie which was demolished in 1967 to make way for the new road. Before that, we met in the stables at the old Banavie Hotel.

Over years we’ve done some amazing things, and made a few good stories. We’d love to hear from you if you have some Kilmallie Scouts memories. Why not use the webform at the bottom of the page to tell us about them?

The History Books

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