Andrew Ross Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Andrew Ross.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Ross was born in 1814, son of Robert Ross and nephew of the Arctic explorer, John Ross. He was educated at Glasgow University and, in 1832, was appointed a bookkeeper in the counting house of a Glasgow firm. Between 1834 and 1835, he assisted John Ross with the preparation of the narrative of the British Northwest Passage Expedition, 1829-1833, and he computed the meteorological tables for the Appendix.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Polar pioneers John Ross and James Clark Ross by Maurice Ross, McGill-Queen's University Press Montreal (1994) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Ross]

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

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Further accessions possible.

Personal Names