Scottish explorer killed in car crash
Portrait of Sir John Murray by Sir Leslie Ward Photo: © National Portrait Gallery, London

Scottish explorer killed in car crash

Published: 16 March 1914

Sir John Murray, the famous Scottish oceanographer, was killed in a motor accident today while proceeding from Glasgow to his home in Edinburgh. Sir John was accompanied by his daughter, Rhoda who was driving the vehicle.

The accident occurred shortly after they left the main road to Edinburgh for a side road when something went wrong with the brakes and the car turned a somersault. Sir John was instantly killed, while his daughter and another passenger sustained serious injuries, but they are not thought to be life threatening.

Sir John was well-known for his role in the Challenger Expedition, a four year expedition to explore the deep oceans of the world in 1872. He had also been a prolific writer on the science of the seas and he had recently completely a study of the fresh water lakes of Scotland.

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