Midlothian’s 100 Objects - John Bayne’s Medal of Merit

A certificate of merit presented to Loanhead Scout leader John Bayne in 1936. Photo: George Bathgate/Scran
A certificate of merit presented to Loanhead Scout leader John Bayne in 1936. Photo: George Bathgate/Scran

Highlighted this week is the Medal of Merit certificate awarded to John Bayne in recognition of his good services to the Scouting movement.

The Loanhead Scout Troop were formed in 1918 and in 1925, John Bayne became Scoutmaster. His succeeded in amassing 49 years of service. In his later years he was aided by a number of assistants, trained by him.

This certificate was awarded to John Bayne, District Commissioner of the Southern Midlothian Boy Scouts, and attached to the 19th Midlothian (Loanhead) Troop. in April 1936. It notes that he has been awarded the Medal of Merit for his good services to the scout movement.

Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s launch of the scouting movement in 1908 was an attempt to ‘make good citizens’ of Britain’s youth. Social education with a Christian ethos and citizenship have remained central to the organisation.

Photo: George Bathgate/Scran

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