Ted Cowan

Arctic Failure : John Ross of Stranraer

County Buildings
Fri 21 Sep

Wigtownshire’s John Ross should have been the man to discover the Northwest Passage. But his 1818 expedition turned back after he was misled by a mirage, appearing to show mountains in his way. Ted Cowan, Glasgow University’s Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, considers the life of Galloway’s most successful “failure”, whom some believe inspired the creation of Baron von Münchausen. [001]


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