led Arctic voyages on Intrepid; sailed on the Fox (177 tons steamer) , bought by Lady Franklin, April 1857; accompanied by Dr. David Walker, as ship's surgeon and photographer; locked in ice off Greenland, reaching Boothia in 1858; located graves and possessions, including records left by Franklins officers up to 25 April 1848, found at Victory Point in course of a sledging overland expedition to King William Island heading towards Great Fish River and recording the death of Franklin, 11 June 1847 and other hardships; returned to England, 1859; issued an account of the voyage as The Voyage of the Fox in the Arctic Seas (1859); also a Narrative of the Fate of Sir John Francis and His Companions (q.d.);
knighted 1860; stood as MP for Drogheda, withdrawing in face of electoral rioting, 1868; explored North Somerset, King William Island, Melvile Island and Patrick Prince Island, et al. loc. in Arctic, MClintock Channel, Canada, being named after him; acknowledged expert on Arctic exploration; served as advisor to Nares expedition, 1875-76 and British Antarctic Expedition, 1902-04; KCB 1891; superintend. Portsmouth Dock. d. London; an abandoned cache left by him in the Arctic was discovered by a Canadian expedition in 1960; his specimen collection held in Natural History Museum, Dublin. DIB DIW
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Bernard Share, ed., Far Green Fields, 1500 Years of Irish Travel Writing, ed. (Blackstaff 1992), contains extract from F. L. McClintock, The Fate of Sir John Franklin [1st pub. 1860; 5th edn.] (London: John Murray 1881).
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