John Barrow

Death 9 Dec 1898 (aged 90)
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 168618786 · View Source
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He was appointed head of the Admiralty record office in 1844 in recognition of his development of a system for recording naval correspondence and of his rescue of valuable Admiralty documents dating back to the Elizabethan period. Equally active in geographical and Royal Society circles, he was a founder member of the Hakluyt Society (1846) and the only civilian member of the Arctic council established in 1851 to co-ordinate the search for Franklin. A minor, if fairly prolific, author, he published ten well reviewed volumes of his travels throughout Europe, as well as biographies of Drake (1843) and Sir William Sidney Smith (2 vols., 1848); he also edited several other works. Following his retirement from the Admiralty in 1855, he took an active interest in the militia, where he held the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was a founder member of the Alpine Club in 1857.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 168618786
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Barrow (28 Jun 1808–9 Dec 1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. 168618786, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .