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MACGREGOR, John “Rob Roy” (1825-1892) Introduced use of kayaks and canoes as a British sport.

A London based Scottish barrister who designed a wooden kayak which he called “Rob Roy”, after a famous forebear, and in 1866 took it on a thousand mile trip through the canals and lakes of Europe. Through his many popular books and magazine articles on the method of travel kayaking and canoeing were quickly taken up as a sport by the British public.

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