Borradaile Island (66°35′S 162°45′E) is one of the Balleny Islands. It was the site of the first landing south of the Antarctic Circle, and features the "remarkable pinnacle" called Beale Pinnacle, near Cape Beale on its south-eastern coast, and Cape Scoresby on its north-western coast.
Borradaile Island was discovered in February 1839 by John Balleny, who named it for the Borradaile brothers John Watson and Abraham, the principle owners of Wm. Borradaile & Co. The brothers came from a family of merchants who had made their money as furriers, hatters, insurance brokers, and traders. The company had previously been owned by their father, William Borradaile, and when he passed away, they continued on under his name.
For the first time in the history of the Hereditary Nobility of Westarctica, the holder of a title of nobility is the direct descendant of the person for whom that feature was originally named. His Grace, the Duke of Borradaile, Chrenan Borradaile, is descended from the Borradaile merchant family that financed the Balleny Expedition to Antarctica in 1839.
Photographer: Guy Mannering
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