Ian MacLaren


University of Alberta

ian.maclaren [at] ualberta.ca


4801 Avenue Victoria
Montréal, QC H3W 2M9

Brief Biography

I.S. MacLaren has published two dozen essays about the North American North, from the time of Thomas James and Henry Hudson up to the twentieth century. Books by him include *Arctic Artist: The Journal and Paintings of George Back, Midshipman with Franklin, 1819–1822* (1994), and *The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat: Travels on the Athabasca, Mackenzie, Rat, Porcupine, and Yukon Rivers in 1926* (1998). His most recent northern essays are “Captain Cook’s Alaskan Cruise: A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1784) and the Cook/King Journal as Literature," in *Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage,* ed. David Nicandri and James K. Barnett (2015), 231–61; and “John Barrow’s Darling Project (1816–1846),” in *Arctic Exploration in the Nineteenth Century: Discovering the Northwest Passage,* ed. Frédéric Regard (2013), 19–36, 186–91.

Current Research

Captain James Cook
Sir John Barrow
Sir George Back
The British search for a Northwest Passage, 1590–1870
The Lost Franklin Expedition, 1845–1848