John Rae
(1813-1893)

Died aged c. 80

John Rae FRS FRGS (Inuktitut: ᐊᒡᓘᑲ, [aɡluːka]; 30 September 1813 – 22 July 1893) was a Scottish surgeon who explored parts of northern Canada. Rae explored the Gulf of Boothia, northwest of the Hudson Bay, from 1846 to 1847, and the Arctic coast near Victoria Island from 1848 to 1851. In 1854, back in the Gulf of Boothia, he obtained credible information from local Inuit peoples about the fate of the Franklin Expedition, which had disappeared in the area in 1848. Rae was noted for his physical stamina, skill at hunting, boat handling, use of native methods, and ability to travel long distances with little equipment while living off the land.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

John Lucas on Geograph
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Rae's Close The Orcadian Arctic explorer Dr. John Rae, in 1854, discovered Rae Strait (the last link in the Northwest Passage) and the tragic fate of the Franklin expedition.

Rae's Close, Stromness, United Kingdom where they lived

John Rae 1812-1893 Arctic explorer lived and died here

4 Lower Addison Gardens, Holland Park, London, United Kingdom where they lived