Authorised form of nameBarrow; Sir; John (1764 - 1848)
Dates1764 - 1848
Dates and placesBirth:
Dragley Beck, in the parish of Ulverston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom (19 June 1764)
23 November 1848
Burial Place:
Pratt Street, Camden Town
Time-keeper at an iron foundry, Liverpool; voyaged to the Arctic in a whaler; taught maths in a school, Greensich; Private Secretary to George, Lord Macartney (FRS 1792); learned Chinese; published "Travels in China" (1804); accompanied Macartney to Cape Colony [Cape of Good Hope, South Africa]; Second Secretary to the Admiralty (1804-1845); Point Barrow, Cape Barrow and Barrow Strait in the Arctic were named after him; as a geographer he was responsible for promoting the dispatch of naval vesels to seek the North West Passage and to navigate towards the North pole; founder of the Royal Geographical Society
Bt 1835
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
VP 1839-1841
RelationshipsMarried (1798) Anne Maria, daughter of Peter John Truter , of Cape of Good Hope; four sons and two daughters; father of John Barrow (FRS 1844); father-in-law of Robert Batty (FRS 1822)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Royal Society codeNA2824
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1805/06Barrow, Sir John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/15/3Letter from Fearon Fallows, Cape Town, to Sir John Barrow10 January 1824
DM/2/108Copy of letter from John Barrow, Admiralty Office, to Stephen Lee4 July 1825
DM/4/127Letter from John Barrow, Admiralty, to P M Roget, Secretary, Royal Society30 December 1828
DM/3/92Copy of a letter from Rev Thomas John Hussey, Rectory, Chislehurst, to John Barrow9 April 1831
DM/4/126Letter from Sir John Barrow, Admiralty, to W T Brande, Secretary, Royal Society1 November 1828
P/0006Portrait of Barrow, Sir John
MM/10/172'Proposal for an attempt to complete the Discovery of a North-West Passage', by John BarrowDecember 1844
MS/426/112Copy letter from Lord Northampton [Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton] President of the Royal Society; to the Earl of Haddington [Thomas Hamilton]12 December 1844
IM/000272Barrow, Sir Johnnd
DM/4/105Letter from John Barrow, Admiralty, to the Secretary, Royal Society8 December 1830
IM/000271Barrow, Sir John2001
DM/3/120Letter from John Barrow, Admiralty Offices, to W T Brande, Secretary, Royal Society3 April 1824
DM/3/93Letter from John Barrow (for Admiralty), Admiralty Office, to the Duke of Sussex, President, Royal Society12 April 1831
NLB/18/142Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Rev R B Raffles, 86 St Stephen's Avenue, Shepherd's Bush, W.23 January 1899
DM/3/122Letter from WE Parry, Admiralty, to John Barrow, Admiralty10 January 1826
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