George Baden-Powell

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Baden-Powell in 1895.

Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell KCMG (1847–1898) was a son of Baden Powell, and brother of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Baden Baden-Powell, Warington Baden-Powell, Agnes Baden-Powell and Frank Baden-Powell. After graduating at Balliol College, Oxford, and studying at the Inner Temple, he acted as a commissioner in Victoria, Australia, the West Indies, Malta and Canada.[1]

His mother, Henrietta Grace Smyth, was the third wife of Rev. Baden Powell (the previous two having died), and was a gifted musician and artist.

He was Conservative MP for Liverpool Kirkdale from 1885 to 1898.

In 1893 he married Frances Wilson. They had a daughter, Maud (b. 1895) and a son, Donald Ferlys Wilson Baden-Powell (1897–1973).

In 1896 he took his yacht Otaria to the island of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic to observe the total solar eclipse of that year.[2] On his return to Vardø, Norway, he met his friend Fritjof Nansen who had just returned from his three-year drift and trek across the Arctic. Having intended to start a search for him, he put his yacht at Nansen's disposal and they had only reached Hammerfest when the news arrived that the Fram had also arrived back in Norway.[3]



  1. ^ Dictionary of National Biography 
  2. ^ Sir George Baden-Powell (1897), "Total Eclipse of the sun, 1896 - The Novaya-Zemlya observations", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 190, doi:10.1098/rsta.1897.0019, JSTOR 90728 
  3. ^ Fritjof Nansen (1897), Farthest North, 2, p. 586 

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New constituency Member of Parliament for Liverpool Kirkdale
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