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Sir John Ross

Sir John Ross

Birth
Inch, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Death 30 Aug 1856 (aged 79)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 9418 · View Source
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British Navy Rear Admiral, Explorer. Born in Scotland, he joined the Royal Navy as an apprentice at age nine in 1786. Rising through the ranks, he was commissioned a Commander in the Swedish Navy in 1812. In 1818, he was appointed a Captain in the British Navy and he went to the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage but turned back after exploring Baffin Bay. He commanded a second search expedition 1829 to 1833, in which he discovered Boothia Peninsula, the Gulf of Boothia, King William Island and also explored the Smith, Jones, and Lancaster sounds. For his quest he was promoted Rear Admiral and received a knighthood of Britain in 1834. His last exploration to the Arctic was in 1850 and he went to the Lancaster Sound region in 1851.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9418
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir John Ross (24 Jun 1777–30 Aug 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9418, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .