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English John ROSS

British naval officer and Arctic explorer

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on June 24, 1777 in Wigtownshire, Scotland
Died: on August 30, 1856 in London, England


Ross was the son of the Rev Andrew Ross of Balsarroch, minister of Inch, near Stranraer, and Elizabeth Corsane, daughter of Robert Corsane, the Provost of Dumfries. In 1786, aged only nine, he joined the Royal Navy as an apprentice. He served in the Mediterranean until 1789 and then in the English Channel. In 1808, he acted as a captain of the Swedish Navy and in 1812 became a Commander.

Sir John was the uncle of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, who explored the Arctic with him, and later led expeditions to the south pole.

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