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John MacGregor was an adventurer who developed his own designs of one-man canoe which became known as the Rob Roy. His exploits through central Europe, the Baltic region and the Middle East in his three Rob Roys established canoeing as a popular pastime in the 1860s. MacGregor founded the first canoe club which soon acquired a Royal tag when the Prince of Wales became a member. The club, originally at Kingston and now at Teddington where it moved in its early days, pioneered the use of canoes for racing and pleasure, and its influence spread worldwide.


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