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Dr John Rae: Unsung hero of the North West passage

He is one of Scotland's great but little known explorers.

Orcadian Dr John Rae helped survey the North West passage during his work for the Hudson's Bay Company.

Rae mapped uncharted territory during his travels in the Arctic and discovered the final part of the passage while searching for traces of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition of 1845.

Events have been held in Orkney to mark 200 years since his birth.

BBC Scotland's Fionn McArthur reports.

Black and white archive footage courtesy of Return of the Far Fur Country

  • 30 Sep 2013