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John Barrow (1764-1848)

Portrait Of John Barrow By John Jackson (Wikipedia)

Barrow first became a teacher (taught mathematics), but by 1792 he was involved in Britain's colonization efforts becoming, in 1797, the governor to the Cape Colony. Travelled widely and wrote of his experiences. In 1804, he became "Secretary of the Admiralty" and "for a longer period than any other man who held that office" (1803-45). In 1830, he was one of the founders of the Geographical Society and became its vice-president. He wrote an autobiography in 1847.1

"In his position at the Admiralty, Barrow was a great promoter of Arctic voyages of discovery, including those of John Ross, William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross, and John Franklin. The Barrow Strait in the Canadian Arctic as well as Point Barrow and the city of Barrow in Alaska are named after him. He is reputed to have been the initial proposer of St Helena as the new place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815."2

1 Barrow, A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions (1818) (Devon: David & Charles Reprints, 1971).

2 Wikipedia

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