John Barrow collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Barrow

Administrative / Biographical History

John Barrow was born in 1808, the second son of Sir John Barrow, second secretary to the Admiralty. He was educated at Charterhouse and from 1824 served as clerk and from 1844 as head of the Record Office at the Admiralty. Barrow took an active part in promoting the search for Sir John Franklin's missing Northwest Passage expedition. He was a founder member of the Hakluyt Society and served as a lieutenant colonel of a volunteer battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He died on 9 December 1898.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Who was who, 1897-1916, Adam & Charles Black London (1920) and Mr Barrow of the Admiralty, a life of Sir John Barrow 1764-1848 by Christopher Lloyd, Collins London (1970) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Barrow]

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.

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