Simpson, Thomas

Simpson, Thomas
   Born in Dingwall, Scotland. Educated at University of Aberdeen. In 1829 appointed secretary to his cousin, Sir George Simpson, resident governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. With Peter Warren Dease, commanded an expedition to connect the discoveries on the Arctic coast of Sir John Ross and Sir George Back, and in July, 1837, arrived at Foggy Island Bay, the farthest point reached by Sir John Franklin. Surveyed the Arctic coast of North America, from the mouth of the Mackenzie to Point Barrow, and from the Coppermine River to the Gulf of Bothnia, and solved the problem of the existence of a passage by water between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
   Index: MS His explorations of Arctic coast, 225.
   Bib.: Narrative of the Discoveries on the North Coast of America, 1826-1829. For biog., seeSimpson, Life and Travels of Thomas Simpson.

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