The real 'John Ross'

2008-04-25 00:00

Charles Rawden Maclean was born in Fraserburgh on August 17, 1815. Like his father, a retired navy officer, Maclean looked to the sea for a career and was apprenticed to James Saunders King, captain of the Mary bound for southern Africa. He was not, as some accounts have it, a runaway who used a false name.

In 1827 Maclean went on the journey that became associated with “John Ross”. He clearly attached little importance to the journey himself, briefly referring to it as “a six month’s absence on a long and somewhat perilous journey from Natal to Delagoa Bay”. Maclean

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