John Barrow

Born 1808
Died 1898
Place of Death Kingham, Oxfordshire
Gender Male
Biographical Notes Second son of Sir John Barrow (1764-1848), one of the founders of the Geographical Society and promoter of explorations. He entered the Admiralty in 1824, and was appointed head of the Admiralty Record Office in 1844 for developing a system for recording naval correspondence. Like his father, he was active in the Geographical and the Royal Society, and he was also a founder member of the Hakluyt Society (1846) and the Alpine Club (1857). He was the only civilian member of the Arctic Council that was established in 1851 to co-ordinate the search for missing Arctic explorer John Franklin, and remained an important promoter of the search for Franklin and his men. Barrow retired in 1855; he subsequently took an active interest in the militia, becoming a colonel in the Volunteer forces. In the course of his life he published popular volumes of his travels throughout Europe, often undertaken during the summer months, with plates and woodcuts based on his own sketches. Titles include Excursions to the North of Europe, through parts of Russia, Finland, Sweden, etc. (1834), A Visit to Iceland and Norway (1835), Tour in Austrian Lombardy, the Northern Tyrol and Bavaria (1841), and biographies of explorers, among them works on Drake, and Cook, and Memoirs of the naval worthies of Queen Elizabeth’s reign (1845).
National Portrait Gallery, at Accessed 21.1.2014. br>The Dublin University Magazine, XLII, vol. VII (June 1836).
Appleton's Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year‬, 1898.
W. Warde Fowler, Kingham Old and New (Oxford: Blackwell, 1913).
J.M.R. Cameron, ‘Barrow, Sir John, first baronet (1764–1848)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online ed., May 2008, at Accessed 21.01.2014.


Travel Account(s)


An Outside Jaunting Car in a Storm (Author of travel text)

Ruined Abbey and Round Tower on Devenish Island (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Pillars of the Giants' Causeway (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Strait-step Point (Author of travel text)

Roadway near Glenarm (Author of travel text)

Cliffs, White Bay (Author of travel text)

Stone hammer found near Ballycastle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Sculptured Head on Devenish Round Tower (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Common sort of Mayo Mud-Cabin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Hovel near the foot of the Reek (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Cargin Castle, from the shores of Lough Corrib (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Antlers of Irish deer (Author of travel text)

Better sort of Connaught cabin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Missionary settlement, Achill (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Swineford Car (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Worst sort of Mayo Stone-Cabin (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Rath, Co. Antrim (Author of travel text)

Ancient structure dug out of Drumkelin bog (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

The Reeks, from the Purple Mountain (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)

Blackrock Castle (Draughtsman, Author of travel text)