Memorial: M2027

Wall tablet in Dingwall Museum , Highlands, Scotland commemorating Thomas Simpson. d. 1840


Dingwall Museum, Dingwall, Highlands, Scotland


'In memory of / THOMAS SIMPSON / a native of this County and Burgh / who departed this life / on the XV June MDCCCXL / a few days before he had completed / his Thirty Second Year. / Though removed so early / He had already attained the high / distinction of being the discoverer / of the long sought / NORTH WEST PASSAGE'


Description: Gothic lettering.
Type: Wall tablet


Simpson, Thomas
Age: 31
Date of Death: 15/6/1840
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Hudson's Bay Company


Notes: Formerly in church. Claim based on erroneous belief that Simpson had reached the Gulf of Boothia in 1839.
Bibliography: William Barr 'Richard Cyriax's note concerning Thomas Simpson's claim ', 'Polar Record' vol. 36, pp.113-116, (Cambridge, 2000).