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Ross, Sir John 1777-1856 Arctic explorer; born in Balsarrock, Scotland, June 24, 1777; entered the royal navy when nine years of age, and became a rear-admiral in 1851. He began Arctic voyages in 1828, with Captain Parry as his lieutenant, and in 1850 went in search of Sir John Franklin, in a vessel of 90 tons. In the naval service he was wounded thirteen times, He published a number of works relating to Arctic travel. He died in London, Aug. 30, 1856.