British Navy Rear Admiral, Explorer. Born in Soulseat, Wigtownshire, 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
Gravesite Details Sir John was buried 6 Sep 1856