The History of Leith

August 1, 2006

Cannibalism and cover-up: Why history spurned Orkney’s John Rae

DR JOHN Rae solved two great mysteries of 19th-century Arctic exploration yet his findings and accomplishments were written out of history books because of what he said. Even in death – on 22 July 1893 – Rae’s obituary written by the Royal Geographical Society was a short and grudging effort. for more click here

(note-Lt John Irving of the Franklin Expedition is buried at the Dean Cemetry. His father was a friend of Sir Walter Scott)

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